Dee from the Desk: RI GOP sees record fundraising

The Rhode Island Republican Party is celebrating after having what they say was one of the best fundraising quarters in recent history.

In recently filed finance reports the party is reporting donations of $52,943 including cash and in-kind contributions.

On the state side, the party reports bringing in $22,974 in in-kind contributions and $21,969 in cash donations, a total of $44,943.

The party started the quarter with close to $6,000 available to them, they are completing the quarter, after paying expenses, with $22,670.26.

The numbers reported reflect the period before the party hired a full-time fundraiser, State Representative Doreen Costa, however they also mark Mark Smiley's first quarter as party chair.

“Our fundraising efforts and success reflects a fundamental change. We are already in campaign mode, building an operation that doesn't just get started 5 months before an election, but is always up and running,” said Smiley.

On the Federal side the party did not see a boost in Fundraising, although Michael Riley former Republican Candidate for Congress did donate approximately $7,500 in in-kind contributions including phone equipment, furniture, and computers. In May the campaign of Brendan Doherty, former Republican for Congress cut the party a check for $500.

Despite the federal donations the party still billed $16, 287 on the federal side in total expenses leaving the party with only $2,781 cash on hand, federally, down from the initial $11,046.

Smiley said the disparity between fundraising on the state and national level is because the party spends most of its time focusing on state fundraising and state races instead of federal races.

Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.