NATION IN BRIEF : RHODE ISLAND : Former Gov. DiPrete Fined in Ethics Case
The state Ethics Commission has fined former Republican Gov. Edward D. DiPrete $30,000 for improperly influencing the award of a contract to a campaign fund-raiser and ordering that another be given to a contributor. An investigative panel of the commission also found that DiPrete failed to file required conflict of interest statements in the two cases. DiPrete, who lost a reelection bid last year, said he will appeal the decision in court. Common Cause Executive Director H. Philip West said he hoped the decision would show that “trading contracts for contributions” no longer would be tolerated.