Hearing on 38 Studios Lobbying Efforts Set for Next Week

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.

Mollis sent letters to Providence attorney Michael Corso, former Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Keith Stokes, former 38 Studios board member Thomas Zaccagnino and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling.

"Our office has been diligently investigating who, if anyone, lobbied lawmakers regarding 38 Studios," Mollis said in a statement. "It is our goal to uncover any lobbying violations, which may have occurred without our knowledge, which is why our office has sent letters of inquiry to all parties who we feel may have been involved in lobbying activity, and may be in violation of lobbying laws."

Mollis said his office has appointed attorney Louis DeSimone as a hearing officer.

The July 1 hearing is open to the public according to a Raina Smith, a spokesperson for Mollis.

On a related note, Schilling, who has been battling cancer for a good part of this year, said on Monday that his disease is in remission.

Source: WPRI

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