Board of Elections Makes an Offer to the Moderate Party
I know that the Rhode Island Board of Elections is famous for its procedural creativity, but even so, am I the only one who thinks that the offer made to the Moderate Party of pay us a big fine and the Attorney General doesn’t have to get your case is something less than above-board? From Steve Peoples of the Projo…
The state Board of Elections has quietly offered to settle a dispute with the newly-established Moderate Party of Rhode Island for what may be the largest fine in the board’s history.
State officials have asked the fledgling party to forfeit a $10,000 donation and its chairman to personally pay another $10,000, according to terms of a deal outlined in a private meeting last week.
Board officials threatened, as an alternative, to have the attorney general’s office bring civil or criminal investigations against a host of party officials for violating Rhode Island’s finance laws.
“That was a rotten deal any which way you sliced it. And frankly, a deal designed to be rejected,” said party chairman Kenneth J. Block, who discussed the details and travel of the case with The Journal Monday afternoon….”I’m ready to go to war on this,” Block said.