Group that targeted Cicilline in 2010 is gearing up for 2012
Americans for Common Sense Solutions, a Providence-based 527 political organization that aired commercials against David Cicilline in 2010, used a recent email to take satisfaction in the freshman congressman’s poor poll ratings:
“In 2010, we warned of the gross mismanagement by then Mayor Cicilline of Providence and asked the question as to whether he was a ‘Common Sense Solution for Rhode Islanders in Washington’. Unfortunately our warnings were not heeded in time and the rest is history, said Chris Stenberg, a Member of ACSS.”
Stenberg wrote that his group is launching a fundraising drive, adding, “In 2012, we plan to continue our efforts to raise issues of concern to our citizens and ask the hard questions that demand attention. We plan to be active in Rhode Island and also nationally as this is a critical year for both our state and our nation.”
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Americans for Common Sense Solutions raised and spent a bit under $150,000 in 2010. It says the group has spent almost $60,000 this year.
In 2010, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accused ACSS of running false ads against Senator Jack Reed and Cicilline, as Cicilline noted on his campaign Web site.
A 2010 story by the ProJo’s Mike Stanton and Bill Malinowski described how Stenberg and other supporters of ACSS, including Providence lawyer Henry V. Boezi III, had worked for former Republican Governor Edward DiPrete.