Campaign Taste: Patrick Lynch Goes out in Style
Nothing will ever match the depth of Patrick Lynch’s monumentally selfish and depraved disdain for justice. But he’s sure giving it the ol’ college try in a different realm; namely, the use, abuse and disrespect of campaign contributions during the last months of his tenure as AG.
During the final three months of 2010, former state Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch spent $58,000 of his campaign war chest, including thousands of dollars on trips to Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, as well as thousands more at high-end restaurants in the state, according to a campaign-finance report filed with the state this week. …
Lynch’s final campaign expenses from 2010 also include tabs at some high-end restaurants in Providence: Café Noir ($407); Capriccio ($788); Providence Oyster Bar ($643); Mills Tavern ($500); and The Capital Grille ($788), as well as some chain restaurants such as Johnny Rockets ($211) and T.G.I. Friday’s in Seekonk ($451).
Other big ticket items include liquor ($5,589) …
Campaign funds are to be expended in furtherance of a candidate’s run for public office. Can Rhode Island’s former chief law enforcement officer please advise what statewide office he has been running for – AND SPENDING CAMPAIGN DOLLARS ON – since last July when he bowed out of the governor’s race?
We’ll set aside for a moment the larger matter of whether, during these months, the AG even found time to conduct the people’s business in between vacations (“It’s Tuesday? Off to the airport.”) and remain focused on the “campaign” expenditures. There is a palpable question that arises from all of this free-wheeling spending with no discernable legal goal: are RI campaign laws simply a flimsy cover for someone to collect a bunch of money tax free in order to live high on the hog?