By Stephanie Turaj and Stephen Greenwell Staff Writers, South County Independent 10/16/14
Spending in the race for House District 34, representing Narragansett, Peace Dale and Wakefield, continues to surpass all others in the area, with Republican challenger Steve Tetzner spending nearly $40,000 during the latest reporting period, July 1 to Oct. 6.
Tetzner added $30,965 to his campaign fund in the cycle. The majority comes from a $24,500 personal loan to his campaign. Tetzner also received a $125 contribution from the House Republican Leadership PAC.
He began the reporting period with $10,012.11 on hand and spent $39,757.18, mostly on advertising. He has a cash balance of $1,074. Since Jan. 1, Tetzner has spent more than $73,000 on his campaign.
Teresa Tanzi, the Democrat incumbent, started the period with $4,140.79 on hand, and reported $10,060 in individual donations, $2,750 from political action committees and $3,843 from aggregate individual donations.
Individual $100 to $250 donors to Tanzi’s campaign include Kathleen Fogarty, South County Hospital’s President and CEO Louis R. Giancola, East Greenwich School Committee member and Rhode Island National Organization for Women president Carolyn Mark, Democrat state treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, former House District Representative Michael Rice, House District 36 Representative Donna Walsh, and former Democrat gubernatorial candidate Myrth York.
Tanzi also received contributions from the Amalgamated Transit Union PAC ($300), Emily’s List Rhode Island ($200), Gina PAC ($200), the National Association of Social Workers of Rhode Island ($125), the Rhode Island Medical PAC ($200), the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America ($125), the United Food and Commercial Workers PAC ($500), the United Nurses and Allied Professionals PAC ($500), the Utility Workers Union of America PAC ($200), and the Young Democrats of Rhode Island PAC ($400).
Tanzi spent $4,198.79 between July 1 and Oct. 6, mostly on advertising. She ended the period with $16,595 on hand.