Hearing on 38 Studios Lobbying Efforts Set for Next Week

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has sent letters to individuals involved in the 38 Studios deal to retroactively register as lobbyists and appear before a July 1 hearing. The hearing will determine if those who lobbied on behalf of 38 Studios to get a $75 million loan violated state law when they failed to register with the Secretary of State's office back in 2010.

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RI AG Candidate Calls On Current AG To Recuse Himself From 38 Studios Investigation

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You can probably chalk this up to "positioning in a political year against a tough opponent," but Republican attorney general candidate Dawson Hodgson says it is time for the incumbent Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to admit that he may be a "potential witness" in the state police’s 38 Studios investigation that he needs to "stand aside" because "the appearance of a conflict of interest … is just too strong."

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RI State Police Want to Interview Lawmakers Who Voted for 38 Studios Loan Deal

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island state police have indicated that they plan to interview lawmakers who voted on the job creation program that ultimately led to Curt Schilling's now-bankrupt company receiving a $75 million state-backed loan, according to a Boston Herald report.

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Despite a Contentious Debate, Rhode Island House Passes 2014-2015 Budget

June 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island House passed the $8.7-billion budget early Friday morning after a lengthy and contentious floor debate. The majority of arguments were about allocating a little over $12 million to make a payment on the bonds that funded the $75 million loan to now bankrupt developer 38 Studios. Despite the lengthy debate that kept lawmakers in the chamber after midnight, the budget passed by a vote of 63-12. The budget bill will now go to the Senate for what is expected to be quick approval.

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Rhode Island Expected to Vote on Budget Today

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island House is close to voting on an $8.7 billion budget plan that cuts corporate and estate tax, gets rid of the toll on the Sakonnet Bridge (a four-lane bridge spanning the Sakonnet River in eastern Rhode Island), and allocates millions to make the next payment on the 38 Studios bond debt.

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RI GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Lawmaker to Withhold Payment on 38 Studios Debt

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is urging state lawmakers in Providence to pass two bills to prohibit the state from making payment on the failed 38 Studios investment.

During a State House press conference earlier in the week, Fung said that no payments should be made until there is a "thorough investigation" of the issue, including an allegation by one-time GOP congressional candidate Michael Riley that insider trading occurred.

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RI Bill Prohibiting 38 Studios Bond Payment Finally Gets a Committee Hearing

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Legislation proposed earlier this year that would prevent Rhode Island from repaying the 38 Studios bonds is finally being taken up by a House committee. House Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth last week blasted Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in a vote for not letting the bill have a proper hearing.

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Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Says He Was Used to Legitimatize Bill That Funded 38 Studios Deal

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jon Brien was surprised when Steven Costantino, the chairman of the Rhode Island House Finance Committee asked him on the House floor to if he wanted to co-sponsor a big jobs bill in 2010. Brien, who was a state representative at the time, was on the outs with leadership after voting against House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox in the mid-session election of a new speaker that year. He was on talk radio often, lambasting House Democratic leaders and their allies for alleged "political shenanigans."

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Former Allies Spar Over Bill Related to 38 Studios Loan Deal

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year, it seemed like the new Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and new House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Karen MacBeth were on the same page when it came to investigating went happened with the failed $75 million 38 Studios loan deal.

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Business Organizations Urge RI Speaker to Repay 38 Studios Loan Debt

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello received a letter from Rhode Island business organizations urging the General Assembly to budget taxpayer money to repay the roughly $90 million owed to bond holders in the 38 Studios deal. The letter was signed by ten organizations, including a number of chambers of commerce and business groups.

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Protestors Tell RI Lawmakers: Don't Bail Out 38 Studios

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At a recent State House rally, a small group of protesters urged lawmakers and the Governor not to bail out 38 Studios.

"It’s a scam. It’s a rip-off. We shouldn’t pay it back," said one protestor - as reported by the Providence Journal.

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RI Legal Battle Against 38 Studios Could Cost Taxpayers 'Millions'

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GoLocal Providence report, the legal battle against 38 Studios has already cost the state $840,000 in legal fees and related costs, and could cost taxpayers "millions" by the time it comes to a close. Only a fraction of the total amount ($156,000) has gone to the firm representing the state, Wistow & Barylick, Inc.

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38 Studios Loan Deal Serves as Political Fodder in RI Attorney General Race

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The fallout from the $75 million loan given to 38 Studios is continuing to be a hot-button issue in the state of Rhode Island. In the race for Rhode Island Attorney General, one candidate is using the deal in his attack ads against incumbent Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. In a new 60 second attack ad airing on radio in the state, Republican state senator and attorney general candidate Dawson Hodgson's campaign highlights Peter Kilmartin’s 2010 vote for the legislation that allowed the 38 Studios loan guarantee.

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Report: Michael Corso Stood to Gain Millions from 38 Studios Loan Deal Getting Approved

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another day, another dozen stories coming out of Rhode Island about 38 Studios and how it is affecting several political races this year. The most prominent story today (from the Providence Journal) highlights the revelation that Michael Corso, the Rhode Island lawyer, tax-credit broker, and long-time friend of former House Speaker Gordon D.

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Former 38 Studios Execs Fight To Keep Private Documents Out of Court Case

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Four former top executives at 38 Studios are fighting in federal court to keep more than a half-million documents tied to the bankrupt video-game company 38 Studios. The former executives are being sued in state court by the EDC and the state of Rhode Island. Company founder Curt Schilling, former CEO Jennifer MacLean, former CFO Richard Wester, and 38 Studios board director Thomas Zaccagnino claim that "privileged communications between 38 Studios and its attorneys had been released to the [R.I.

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Candidate for RI Treasurer Criticizes State for Hiring Advisor it is Currently Suing

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rhode Island State Treasurer Frank Caprio (D) is calling on the Gov. Chafee's administration to cancel the state’s new financial advisor contract with a company the state is apparently suing in connection with the $75 million 38 Studios loan deal.

A new two-year contract had been awarded to First Southwest this week, but this deal has not been formally signed according to a spokeswoman for current State Treasurer Gina Raimondo - who is also running for governor. Caprio is running for his old job this year.

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Former RI Speaker: Complying with 38 Studios Case Subpoena Violates Fifth Amendment Rights

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox said on Tuesday in court (through his attorney) that he was resisting a court order to comply with a subpoena in the state’s 38 Studios lawsuit. His attorney argued on Tuesday that providing the information requested from the state could put him in legal jeopardy.

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38 Studios Board Member Encouraged Company to Hide Financials From Rhode Island Prior to $75 Million Loan

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A top board member of 38 Studios urged company executives in 2010 not to highlight its shaky financial condition when it was negotiating with Rhode Island leaders for a $75 million loan guarantee, according to newly released court documents in the ongoing lawsuit between the state of Rhode Island and various individuals related to the deal.

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RI Gubernatorial Candidate Has Three Questions for Gov. Chafee About 38 Studios

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor Allan Fung has challenged Governor Chafee to answer "three important questions" related to his stance that the state must avoid defaulting on the bonds that financed 38 Studios. Fung, who is a Republican candidate for Governor, is skeptical that defaulting on future debt payments will damage the state's reputation and ability to secure credit for future endeavors. He put the following questions to Chafee:

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Former RI Speaker Seeks to Kill Subpoena in 38 Studios Case

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The lawyer representing Former Rhode Island speaker of the House Gordon Fox will be in court today to fight against a subpoena in the 38 Studios case filed by the Economic Development Corp. on behalf of the state.

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RI Gov. Chafee: The State Must Pay Down 38 Studios Loan Debt

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Even as an analyst appointed by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee prepared to brief lawmakers on its findings about what would happen if the state fails to make payment on the 38 Studios loan debt, the Governor is taking his case to the public airways. Speaking to WPRI, Chafee reiterated his position on defaulting on the 38 Studios loan deal bonds.

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Rhode Island Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Lawmakers to Stop Paying 38 Studios Loan Debt

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is telling the state's legislative leaders to "reject calls to repay the 38 Studios bonds."

"The latest version of the debate is once again boiling down to who deserves to be protected—38 Studios bondholders or the taxpayers of Rhode Island," Block said Monday.

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Expert Warns RI Lawmakers About Defaulting on 38 Studios Loan

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An independent analyst who looked at the Rhode Island 38 Studios loan repayment plan said that defaulting on the debt related to the $75 million loan plus other penalties and interest would damage Rhode Island's bond rating to junk status and could harm the state's overall business climate.

The report from Minnesota-based SJ Advisors said that defaulting on the loan would bring increased borrowing costs and harm to the state's reputation, and could lead to a "contagion effect impacting other Rhode Island issuers and even taint the business environment."

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38 Studios Lawsuit Defendants Ask Judge to Compel Governor's Office to Produce Documents

May 9, 2014 - GamePoliics Staff

Defendants in the EDC's lawsuit against 38 Studios say that Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's office has continually delayed the production of documents needed to mount a proper defense and have asked a judge to order them turned over.

Lawyers for the defendants call these documents critical to their cases and say they are needed to go forward with the depositions. They want Judge Michael Silverstein to order them produced by May 23. Governor Chafee's office has not yet filed a response.

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Governor's Office Met With 38 Studios Lobbyist in 2011, 2012

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Richard Licht, director of the R.I. Department of Administration for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, said that he met with Michael Corso twice to talk about getting 38 Studios tax credits. Corso is an attorney who signed a $300,000 contract with Curt Schilling's game development company to lobby government officials in the state.

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The Ghost of 38 Studios Haunts Some Rhode Island Lawmakers

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As expected the failed 38 Studios loan deal is a major issue in Rhode Island's election campaigns and primary challenges. Even as the Secretary of State is making headlines this week for launching an investigation into possible lobbying violations by 38 Studios, critics of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin on Tuesday jumped on the news by pointing out that both politicians dropped the ball during the loan deal approval timeframe.

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Rhode Island State Police Help Secretary of State Investigate Possible 38 Studios Lobbying Violations

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island State Police have joined the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office in investigating potential lobbying violations by a political insider who represented 38 Studios prior to receiving its $75 million loan guarantee from the state.

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Rhode Island Lawmaker Received Death Threat for Investigating 38 Studios Loan Deal

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Coventry) claims that he has received a death threat against himself and his family for investigating 38 Studios. Chippendale, the secretary for the House Oversight Committee investigating the failed $75 million loan deal for Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, said that he received a threatening letter at his State House office.

"It basically said that I have a beautiful family and I should stop poking around for their sake,” said Chippendale.

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RI Secretary of State Launches Investigation Into 38 Studios Lobbying Activities

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A news report on 38 Studios' alleged lobbying of the Rhode Island government prior to its $75 million loan deal in the state has sparked an investigation through the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office, according to WPRI.

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RI Lawmakers Invite Two More People Involved in 38 Studios Loan Deal to Testify

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island State Representative Mike Chippendale, who is also the Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Secretary of House Oversight, has requested that Michael Corso and Sean Esten  appear before the Oversight Committee regarding the 38 Studios bond approval deal. The request is for a voluntary appearance before the committee and not a subpoena. Corso's testimony is sought after because he served as lawyer and consultant for 38 Studios, while Esten is a former Financial Portfolio Manager for the RI Economic Development Corporation.

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