Preserving Election Integrity
TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION NOTIFIES DAVID FOX AND GEORGE FOX OF INTENT TO SEEK INJUNCTION AGAINST CITIZEN SUPER PAC
PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP RENEWS CALLS FOR FOX BROTHERS TO SIT FOR DEPOSITIONS TO ENSURE ‘FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS’
(Nashville, TN) — Tennessee Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest organization, today sent registered letters to David Fox, his brother and hedge-fund investor George Fox, and Citizen Super PAC notifying them of the group’s intent to file suit in federal court to seek an injunction to prohibit the super PAC from making further expenditures in the Nashville mayor’s race.
Additionally, Tennessee Citizen Action notified the Fox brothers and Citizen Super PAC that, in the event of other non-candidate campaign activities promoting David Fox or attacking the other candidate in the mayor’s race, the group also may seek an injunction to prohibit those expenditures, pending a sworn affidavit from George Fox.
“Based on the irregular events of this summer, and based on mounting evidence that points toward illegal coordination between David Fox and George Fox, the Fox campaign, and Citizen Super PAC, we must take steps to protect the public’s interest,” said Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action. “Free and fair elections are the cornerstones of our democracy.”
In addition to notifying the Fox brothers and Citizen Super PAC of the group’s intent to seek an injunction in federal court, Tennessee Citizen Action demanded that they immediately preserve all emails, text messages, and other records in anticipation of litigation and legal discovery.
Last week, Tennessee Citizen Action asked the Davidson County District Attorney General to investigate potential campaign finance misconduct relative to apparent coordination between David Fox, George Fox, the David Fox for Mayor Campaign, and the Austin, Texas-based Citizen Super PAC, to which George Fox contributed at least $500,000 to promote David Fox and attack other candidates.
Tennessee Citizen Action sent registered letters asking David Fox, George Fox, and a representative from Citizen Super PAC to give voluntary statements and answer questions — under oath and under penalty of perjury — about their knowledge of the super PAC’s support of the Fox campaign. To date, the Fox brothers and Citizen Super PAC have not responded.
Tennessee Citizen Action is contemplating action in federal court due to the multi-state nature of the apparent coordination between the Fox brothers, the Fox campaign, and Citizen Super PAC. The super PAC is federally registered. Earlier this year, the federal government criminally prosecuted a political operative for illegal coordination between a super PAC and a candidate campaign. The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are increasing scrutiny of super PACs and campaigns.
“We have asked David Fox and George Fox to sit for depositions so the public can understand who knew what, and when, regarding Citizen Super PAC’s involvement in the Nashville mayor’s race,” Spears said. “If they continue to decline, we will take that as a sign that they condone coordination in potential violation of campaign finance law.”
Tennessee Citizen Action works in the public interest as Tennessee’s premier consumer rights organization. Our mission is to work to improve the overall health, well-being, and quality of life for all people who live and work in Tennessee.