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Spending nears $3.9 million in special Rhode Island, Utah races | News Fission

Regunberg has the endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who will campaign with him in Providence on Sunday. Regunberg has said he would not take corporate PAC money, but got $37,000 from other political committees, including $5,000 each from the PACs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Medicare for All and the Progressive Turnout Project. A super PAC launched by his father-in-law called Progress Rhode Island also spent $119,000 so far on Regunberg’s behalf, and the PAC of the Working Families Party spent another $150,000 on digital ads backing him.

Former White House aide Gabe Amo has brought in more than $604,000 since entering the race and had $155,000 left to spend. Earlier this week, Amo’s campaign released an internal poll putting him second behind Regunberg among Democratic voters.

Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos raised $578,000 since entering the race, including $90,000 from the PACs of labor unions, candidates and other party groups. She had about $126,000 left as the campaign entered its final weeks. 

Matos’ campaign benefitted from the most spending by outside groups, which are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts as long as they do not coordinate with candidates. So far more than $800,000 has been spent supporting Matos by CHC BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Elect Democratic Women; and Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of EMILY’s List. Much of that was spent on TV ads in the run-up to the start of early voting, which began Aug. 16.

Matos, the only contender who holds statewide office, was widely seen as the frontrunner. But Amo’s poll suggests a scandal involving ballot signatures that became public in July may have hurt her campaign. The survey put Matos at 11 percent, behind both Regunberg and Amo and tied with state Sen. Sandra Cano. 

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