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Diossa says EngageRI should disclose its contributors

December 13, 2012

James Diossa, the mayor-elect of Central Falls, says EngageRI should disclose its contributors in the interest of transparency.

“I’m all about open [government] and honest and transparency, so I believe it should be open,” Diossa said during a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable. The segment will air during Morning Edition at 5:40 and 7:40 on Friday.

Diossa is a former board member of EngageRI. The group was founded with encouragement from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo to support last year’s landmark pension overhaul.

EngageRI re-emerged in the news this week after the Wall Street Journal reported that a Houston billionaire had made a contribution to the group of between $100,000 and $500,000.

Raimondo was among the well-wishers who stopped by Diossa’s victory celebration at La Casona, a Colombian restaurant in Central Falls, after he beat Joseph Moran in an election Tuesday. Final figures show Diossa received 66 percent of the vote.

Raimondo has defended EngageRI’s absence of disclosure about its contributors, noting that the group is not legally required to reveal that information.

Meanwhile, today’s ProJo goes deeper with twin stories on Texas billionaire John Arnold’s support of EngageRI and Raimondo’s busy out-of-state travel schedule.

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