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Engage Rhode Island hires Chris Boyle as lobbyist

October 12, 2011

Engage Rhode Island, the newly formed advocacy group working to win approval for a public employee pension overhaul, has hired a lobbyist.

Christopher Boyle, a seasoned State House lobbyist with a long roster of clients, confirmed that he will be a lobbyist for Engage Rhode Island in the upcoming special legislative session.

Boyle, of Newport, a Democrat who was once House Majority Whip under Democratic House Speaker Joseph DeAngelis in the 1990s, said when contacted that he has been hired as a lobbyist but declined all other comment.

Engage Rhode Island is an amalgam of business and community groups pushing for legislation that is soon to be proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo that aims to bring solvency to the state’s public pension systems, which have billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.

Acording to reports on file at the RI secretary of state’s office, Boyle has a slew of clients ranging from Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, to the Newport Grand slot parlor, to the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Boyle’s lobbyist filing at the secretary of state’s office states that Boyle is being paid $30,000 for representing Engage RI. EngageRI has listed names of groups that support its effort but has not disclosed its financing in detail or stated how much each sponsor has contributed.

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