- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democrat Gina Raimondo has spent more than $5 million in her bid to be Rhode Island’s next governor, and campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show she has $360,000 cash on hand ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Her rival, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, has $87,000 in his campaign account with a week to go before the primary, after spending around $300,000 per week between Aug. 12 and Sept. 1, according to reports filed with the state Board of Elections.

Fellow Democrat Clay Pell, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell and husband of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, reported he had $169,000 on hand as of Sept. 1. His campaign said he spent more than $325,000 per week between Aug. 12 and Sept. 1.

The filings show the Democrats have been pouring money into TV ads for the heated three-way race.

Pell has been mostly self-financing his campaign, and he has not set a limit on how much he would spend to try to win. After loaning himself an additional $325,000 on Aug 26, Pell has now loaned his campaign $3.4 million.



Spending by Raimondo, the general treasurer, has exceeded half a million dollars per week. Neither she nor Taveras have loaned their campaigns any money.

The Republican contest has also been heated but less expensive. Businessman and Moderate Party founder Ken Block had a little more than $250,000 cash on hand, while Cranston Mayor Allan Fung had $129,000. Block has loaned his campaign more than $700,000.

Around $13 million has been spent collectively by all five candidates during the 2014 election cycle so far. It is expected to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history.

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