What Jeremy Durham Exposed
No, not that. Well, probably that. But also, he exposed a huge loophole in Tennessee campaign finance law.
In fact, what Durham exposed was so big that now, Speaker Beth Harwell wants to take action.
Specifically, Durham’s campaign finance misdeeds relate to a disappearing $190,000. The money was allegedly invested, which isn’t currently against the law — and the nature of the investment wasn’t clearly disclosed until an investigation into irregularities with his campaign account took place.
Cari Wade Gervin of the Nashville Post:
Controversy around campaign investments has been swirling since a memo from the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance revealed former Rep. Jeremy Durham had invested at least part of the $198,000 in his campaign account in a business owned by donor (and anti-Muslim propagandist) Andy Miller.
Now, Harwell wants to prohibit the use of campaign contributions for investments. She’s looking into proposed legislation to regulate the practice.
We agree with Speaker Harwell that the practice of using campaign funds for private investments should be curtailed. We also support legislative efforts to increase the transparency of campaign finances.
We’ve been fighting for election fairness and transparency in Nashville and we will continue this fight across the state.
And remember, we count on you to keep the fight alive!
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