- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Board of Elections has ruled that an ad promoting Gina Raimondo that was bought by the state Democratic Party wasn’t a violation of election law.

Republicans recently filed a complaint over the 30-second spot, which was almost exclusively about Raimondo but briefly featured U.S. Sen. Jack Reed. The GOP said it should have been subject to a state party contribution cap of $25,000 because it promoted a state candidate. Raimondo, the state treasurer, is running for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican.

State Democrats said a much higher federal cap applied because the commercial promoted a federal candidate. At the end, it urged people to support Reed. The party spent about $90,000 on the commercial, which has already finished airing.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Republicans will appeal.


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