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Fox is an attorney with a solo law practice and had held a seat in the part-time General Assembly since 1992. He became the state’s first openly gay House speaker in 2010, making a salary of $30,000 annually. He and his husband also owned a Providence hair salon that closed its doors a few months before the raids.
In his law practice, Fox had represented businesses before the city’s board of licenses and performed loan closings. He paid a $1,500 civil fine to the state ethics commission before the raids happened last year for failing to disclose more than $40,000 in loan closing work he did for a Providence economic development agency.
The state board of elections, which enforces campaign finance laws, said it had been contacted by law enforcement about Fox the same day as the raids.
Article continues belowAn Associated Press analysis of his campaign finance records done in May 2014 showed that 90 expense checks out of 1,000 were unaccounted for over a six-year period, with about half of those unaccounted for in 2012 and 2013 alone. Campaign finance records showed that Fox’s campaign account had $244,000 in it as of Sept. 30, 2014.
Fox also had a Statehouse employee doing his campaign books and acted as his own campaign treasurer, practices criticized by watchdog groups.
In June, Fox disclosed to the ethics commission that he had received a personal $10,000 loan from a registered legislative lobbyist in 2009 and had not paid it back over a period of years. He had not disclosed it in any of those years.
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