June 18, 2018
For Immediate Release
Today Common Cause Rhode Island filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Board of Elections against Allan W. Fung and Carpionato Properties for violations of Rhode Island campaign finance laws. The complaint alleges that over a six-year period Fung received illegal contributions from Carpionato Properties. Those contributions came in the form of free or below market rent at Chapel View shopping center in Cranston, Rhode Island for his campaign headquarters during two gubernatorial and one mayoral campaign.
“Our campaign finance laws must be vigorously enforced,” says John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island. “Voters must have faith that candidates for office are not receiving special deals, and that powerful developers are not currying favor with elected officials.” The complaint follows reporting by WPRI-TV showing that during his 2016 reelection campaign for Mayor of Cranston Fung did not pay any rent for his campaign headquarters at Chapel View. Additionally, it alleges that Fung paid below market value for his current campaign headquarters at Chapel View which he did not report until WPRI began reporting this story.
Common Cause Rhode Island is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to promote representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at local, state, and national levels by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Rhode Island.