RI Politician Backs Online Petition Pushing for Independent 38 Studios Investigation

Rhode Island lieutenant governor candidate Dan McKee (D) has vowed to launch an online petition later this week calling for an independent counsel to review at "arm's length" the failed 38 Studios deal.

The current Cumberland, Rhode Island mayor says this particular effort is an attempt to pressure elected officials to do more to get answers. McKee has been highly critical of current elected officials over their handling of the 38 Studios deal and subsequent investigations into it.

The bankruptcy and default on a $75 million loan to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company 38 Studios is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the state, and an investigation by the attorney general's office and state police. The deal is also being looked at by state lawmakers.

McKee also criticized hearings being conducted by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis' office into possible lobbying violations before 38 Studios got the $75 million state-backed loan. He says they are "too late."

Mollis is also seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

The petition is going live later this week, according to McKee.

Source: AP

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