North Providence lawmakers list auto body industry donations

North Providence lawmakers list auto body industry donations

NORTH PROVIDENCE - State Sen. Dominick Ruggerio and Rep. Arthur Corvese have been a frequent supporters of bills to support Rhode Island's auto body shops over the past decade, and their campaign finance reports show the industry is supporting them back.

According to online campaign finance reports going back 12 years, Ruggerio has received a combined $12,600 from employees of Providence Auto Body and Petrarca & Petrarca Law, which are both owned by the Petrarca family. John Petrarca owns Providence Auto Body and his daughter, Jina Petrarca-Karampetsos, heads up Petrarca Law and is the spokeswoman for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island.

Corvese has received $3,500 from Providence Auto Body employees during that time, and another $1,500 from those associated with Petrarca Law.