Per Ted Nesi of Channel 12/WPRI, it looks like Invenergy‘s local law firm Adler, Pollock and Sheehan is throwing Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo a fundraiser at the exclusive University Club in Providence Friday morning. Suggested contributions are $250, $500 and $1000.

Adler, Pollock and Sheehan lawyers Vicky Almeida, Richard Beretta, Robert Brooks, Susan Leach DeBlasio, Patricia Rocha, Robert Stolzman, Stephen Ucci and Nicole Verdi are hosting. Ucci is also a Democratic Rhode Island State Representative representing District 42 in Johnston.

Nesi doesn’t mention Adler, Pollock and Sheehan or Invenergy in his coverage.

When people say you can’t buy someone of Raimondo’s stature with a paltry $1000 donation from Invenergy CEO Michael Polsky, remember that that’s not how this works. Polsky’s power comes from the fact that he’s a billionaire, and there are thousands of people paid by him who see helping him buy a Governor as a good investment.

That’s not to say that Adler, Pollock and Sheehan are working only for Invenergy. There are a number of other clients that undoubtedly benefit from this relationship.

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Greg Gerritt

I became familiar with the work of Adler Pollock and Sheehan when I served as a stakeholder in the public discusion as to whether or not it was appropriate to build a giant container port at Quonset. Adler Pollock and Sheehan was the law firm that regularly represented the interests of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, so scandal plagued an institution that several years later, after another fiasco, the state had to change the name to Commerce RI. The political leadership of the state was in thrall to the idea of a giant port and taken in by the two con men who claimed money and connections and that they could build you a thriving port, but had been tossed out of ports around the world for inabiltiy to deliver. This port would have opened intto the teeth of the Great Recession and we would still be paying for… Read more »