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Cracking Down on Public Corruption
Published on: Jan 14, 2014

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin continues to lead the fight against government waste and corruption by prosecuting officials who violate the public trust, going after scofflaws who cheat the system, and making government more transparent and efficient.

For some candidates, rooting out corruption is a slogan. For Peter, it’s been one focus of his life’s work: he understands that Rhode Islanders are struggling to get by in a bad economy—and that corruption scandals waste taxpayer money and reduce the public's trust in government.

The results speak for themselves. From prosecuting a former police chief for larceny and conspiracy to taking on a former State Senator for embezzlement and conspiracy, Rhode Islanders can rest assured that Peter will apply the law evenly—without fear of or favor all those who break the law.

Reaffirming his commitment to root out fraud and abuse in government , Peter established a confidential tip line to report disability pension fraud and an online, anonymous means for people to report Medicaid fraud and abuse. Working with the Department of Labor and Training and the Rhode Island State Police, he has aggressively prosecuted scofflaws who steal taxpayer dollars through unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation fraud

Believing that transparency, accountability, and participation are the building blocks of open government, Peter successfully led the charge to amend the state’s Access to Public Records Act—its first major revision in more than 15 years—which earned Rhode Island a #1 ranking from the Better Government Association.

Peter also holds public bodies accountable for violating the Open Meetings Act: he’s filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of private citizens against public bodies who failed to maintain the highest level of transparency, and a recent Providence Journal editorial praised him for his aggressive commitment to open government and transparency,

Peter believes that the electoral process should be in the hands of the people, not in the back pockets of special interests. Citing concerns about unlimited contributions and special-interest groups, Peter called on Congress to reverse the Citizens United decision and signed an Amicus Brief asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision regarding political advertising.


As Attorney General, Peter has cracked down on government corruption and worked to restore trust in Rhode Island government. He has pursued criminals statewide—not just on the street but in boardrooms and under the State House dome as well, and he’ll continue to use all of the powers of the Attorney General’s office to prosecute those who violate the public trust.