A Hummel Report Investigation
Hummel Background Report
Gordon Fox announced Saturday, March 22, 2014, that he will resign as Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, a day after agents from the FBI, state police, IRS, and U.S. Attorney’s Office removed “evidence” from his State House office and Providence home. Officials would not disclose the nature of the investigation but sources tell The Hummel Report it is related, in part, to a series of stories we first reported in 2011. The following links provide a chronology of our reports.
9.27.2012 Phantom Address
It is a taxpayer-funded loan program run by the city of Providence - designed to help Providence businesses that can't get traditional financing. So how did a company with no Providence connection score a loan? And what role did one of the state's most prominent politicians play in the deal? Jim Hummel has the answers.
5.2.2013 A Question of Disclosure
He is the most powerful politician in Rhode Island. But it's House Speaker Gordon Fox's work as a private attorney for a troubled Providence agency that has caught the attention of federal overseers. Our months-long investigation has turned up potential conflicts of interest and questions about disclosure of income on his ethics form.
9.26.2013 Ethics Complaint Update
The PEDP was also involved with our earlier reports from 2011 involving then Mayor now U.S. Representative David Cicilline.
11.17.2011 Risky Business
This week: The results of a six-month Hummel Report investigation into a taxpayer-funded business loan program run by the city of Providence. The program had a default rate so high under the Cicilline administration that federal officials overseeing the lending initiative have stepped in, wanting to know why. Jim Hummel discovers loans going to the politically-connected and some who never should have gotten the money to begin with.
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7.19.2012 Mopping Up
The board overseeing a taxpayer-funded loan program for Providence businesses has written off millions of dollars in bad loans - two-thirds made during the administration of former Mayor David Cicilline. Jim Hummel has obtained new documents showing Cicilline tried to bend the rules of a program that the feds later said took on too much risk. And we have details about the longest-running loan, which is being carried by a prominent elected official.