Different fundraising styles for different folks

You don’t need to dig through campaign finance reports to spot the stylistic differences between Gov. Dan McKee and his predecessor, Gina Raimondo, apparent in any of their press conferences.

But if you do peruse the midyear Board of Elections filings released last week, you’ll see two Democrats with different approaches to raising campaign cash.

McKee, the longtime mayor of Cumberland, sticks closer to home for donations, while the former Rhodes scholar, Raimondo, cast a national fundraising net.

New York City, Chicago, Silicon Valley — Raimondo was a road warrior for much of her pre-pandemic time in office. And even if she couldn’t jet off to fundraisers in Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles, she was never at a loss for wealthy contacts if she had to dial for dollars. 


In summer 2017, for example, a little more than a year before standing for reelection as McKee is now, Raimondo raised more than $1.1 million in the first half of the year, $649,000 of it from out-of-state addresses. New York donors gave her $134,000 over that period, California $117,000 and Illinois $88,000.

Those interstate contributions exceeded McKee’s $605,000 in donations from all ZIP Codes between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year.