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Friday, October 21, 2022

Fung has already tapped Charlestown for cash

Fung lines his pockets for giving advice on a program he opposes  

Compiled by Will Collette 

Last April, I reported that GOP Congressional candidate Allan Fung had been given an open-ended contract by the town of Charlestown to give the town advice on how to spend its share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money EVEN THOUGH Fung opposed the legislation. 

Charlestown’s share is $2.3 million. 

He charged Charlestown $250 an hour for that advice that, from what I saw, wasn’t all that useful. To me, it seemed more like a pay-off from the right-leaning Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) Town Council majority. It also seemed to me like tacit support for his candidacy.

That's not honest or ethical - and it's on the CCA.

We now know that Fung’s deal with Charlestown was not unique. For a guy who really hates APRA, he sure made a lot of money from it. 

The Boston Globe revealed Allan Fung personally profited from a $145,000 contract paid for by American Rescue Plan funds even though during Tuesday’s debate he criticized the use of those same funds to help middle-class families and small businesses struggling to keep up with the cost of living. 

“It’s rich that Allan Fung personally benefited from the same rescue plan funds he now says he opposed,” Communications Director Patricia Socarras.

“Allan Fung was against using stimulus funding to help small businesses stay afloat and help Rhode Islanders heat their homes, but had no problem pocketing stimulus funds for himself while also supporting tax breaks for billionaires.  That is yet another example of how Allan Fung is not looking out for the interests of working people.” 

ARPA funds were used to help Rhode Islanders keep their small businesses afloat, heat their homes, and address the housing crisis and chronic homelessness. Without the ARPA funding, cities like Cranston would not be able to balance their budgets after serious loss in revenue and new costs prompted by the pandemic. ARPA funding was also used to invest $60 million into Quonset, a critical economic engine for the state.

Supporters are encouraged to learn more about Fung’s extreme record at and to follow Magaziner’s campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.