Common Cause RI reacts to Gallison charges with call for greater scrutiny of elected officials

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John Marion, Common Cause Rhode Island

After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.

“Rhode Island can no longer afford to wait for law enforcement to step in and clean up the mess after the public trust has been betrayed,” says John Marion, Common Cause Rhode Island executive director. “The people of Rhode Island deserve to know that legislators are obeying the law before it rises to a criminal offense and people suffer.”

Common Cause sent a letter to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission requesting an audit of the financial disclosure statements of all members of the General Assembly. “To restore the public’s faith that members of the Assembly are not using their public office to benefit themselves or businesses or non-profits with whom they are connected, the Ethics Commission needs to issue a public report verifying the accuracy of the most recent financial disclosure filings,” wrote the group in a press release.

Common Cause also sent a letter today to the Rhode Island Board of Elections requesting an audit of campaign accounts of all members of the General Assembly. “To restore the public’s faith that our lawmakers are not using their campaign accounts as personal piggy banks, the Board of Elections needs to issue a report reconciling the public filings of all legislators with their most recent bank statements,” they wrote.

Channel 12’s Tim White and Ted Nesi reported that Gallison will plead guilty to the charges brought against him.

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