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Cromwell Joins Pension Overhaul Lobbying Effort

October 31, 2011

Cara Cromwell of Bristol, a veteran Rhode Island public relations and political operative, has been hired as a lobbyist by  EngageRI, the business-financed group pushing for overhaul of the state pension system along the lines of   legislation advanced by State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee.

According to the secretary of state’s web site, Cromwell will be paid $3,000 monthly to lobby for the group. Cromwell, 40, of Bristol, was a onetime aide to former Democratic Gov. Bruce Sundlun, but in recent years she has been identified more closely with environmental and Republican causes.

Cromwell was campaign manager for Republican John Loughlin’s 2010 campaign for U.S. House in District 1. Loughlin lost to Democrat David Cicilline.

Cromwell is the daughter of former state Rep. Charles `Chuck’ Millard of Bristol. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she is a past president of Save Bristol Harbor, the environmental group that battled the weaver’s Cove LNG proposal.

Cromwell joins Christopher Boyle of Newport, a former Democratic state representative, in lobbying for EngageRI.

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  1. Mister Guy permalink
    November 1, 2011 2:28 am

    “EngageRI, the business-financed group pushing for overhaul of the state pension system along the lines of legislation advanced by State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee.”

    Come on now…let’s be honest here. They are a business front-group that was for Raimondo’s pension reform plan weeks & weeks before she ever announced the details of it. That’s not being serious about real pension reform…that’s partisan shilling…plain & simple.

    “According to the secretary of state’s web site, Cromwell will be paid $3,000 monthly to lobby for the group.”

    Hmmmmm, let’s see…$3000/month comes out to only $36,000/year (assuming she gets that much work out of this contract), but I wonder what kind of benefits she’s getting? Could they be better than the kind of benefits that she’s trying to have cut from state & local govt. workers??

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