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BOE finds ‘multiple violations of campaign finance law’ during Audit of PVD City Council candidate

As a result of the findings, the Board voted to refer the case to the Attorney General for their consideration and possible prosecution.
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Published on July 7, 2022
By Steve Ahlquist

On June 28 the Rhode Island Board of Elections convened in executive session to consider an Audit of the campaign finances of Providence City Council candidate Gerard Catala. The Audit, conducted by the Board’s Campaign Finance Division found multiple violations of campaign finance law. As a result of the findings, the Board voted to refer the case to the Attorney General for their consideration and possible prosecution.

As of this writing, Catala was still on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website as a candidate for Ward 9 Providence City Council, as a Democrat. Also running in that election as Democrats are April Brown, Juan Pichardo and Miguel Quezada. Pichardo is a former state senator. The seat is open, being vacated by Carmen Castillo.

Catala has run for City Council in the past. Here he is at a DARE candidate forum in 2018:

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