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2 Rhode Island lawmakers settle with board of elections

December 8, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials say they have fined two Rhode Island lawmakers for campaign finance violations following the former house speaker’s guilty plea to corruption charges.

The Providence Journal reports Republican state Sen. Nicholas Kettle and Democratic Warwick City Councilor Donna Travis have agreed to settlements with the state Board of Elections.

Both cases were built off of expanded campaign finance rules approved by the General Assembly following former Speaker Gordon Fox’s corruption plea.

The 2015 bill passed by lawmakers requires candidates to file paper bank statements and prohibits them from serving as the treasurers of their own campaigns.

Kettle has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine and to forfeit $4,000 from his campaign. Travis has agreed to a $1,500 fine and to forfeit $2,790.

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