Nothing to See Here, Totally Legal

Five lawmakers take a vacation at the beachside condo of a major donor to a lobbying group and then go on to sponsor legislation supported by that group. Campaign finance violation? No. Violation of lobbying rules? Nope. Ethics violation? Not in Tennessee. Because the host of the event was not a registered lobbyist — just […]

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Ethics and Transparency? Not So Much

Joel Ebert at the Tennessean has a story out about the Tennessee General Assembly’s Ethics Committees and their tendency to not meet at all. So, while bad behavior persists among legislators, the groups tasked with reining it in simply don’t. As Ebert notes: The Tennessee House ethics committee hasn’t met in at least six years. […]

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ALEC’s Influence in Tennessee

We’ve told you before about one of ALEC’s favorite Tennessee lawmakers, Senator Brian Kelsey. Now, a story from Rick Locker about ALEC’s super-sized influence at the General Assembly. Locker reports: Indeed, ALEC is ingrained in the Tennessee Legislature, particularly among majority Republicans. Eighteen Tennessee lawmakers spent just over $53,000 in taxpayer money to attend ALEC […]

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Return of the SuperPAC

Last week, we called for an investigation into potentially illegal campaign activity between a Texas-based SuperPAC and the mayoral campaign of David Fox. The SuperPAC is funded by Fox’s wealthy hedge fund investor brother, George Fox. The Fox campaign called our complaint “fake” and the SuperPAC said it was “frivolous.” But guess what? The Fox Brothers have […]

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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 […]

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When SuperPACs Attack

Last week, we called for an investigation into potentially illegal campaign activity between a Texas-based SuperPAC and the mayoral campaign of David Fox. The SuperPAC is funded by Fox’s wealthy hedge fund investor brother, George Fox. But, we didn’t just point out the evidence that we believe constitutes illegal coordination — we filed a formal complaint […]

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Keeping SuperPACs Honest

  TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO FOX CAMPAIGN AND CITIZEN SUPER PAC   PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP SAYS FOX, BROTHER BRINGING ‘THE WASHINGTON WAY’ TO NASHVILLE MAYOR’S RACE   NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest organization based in Nashville, today filed a petition with the Davidson County District Attorney General […]

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ALEC’s Money Laundering Machine Hits Tennessee

A recent news report out of Georgia turned up some disturbing happenings at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Spring Task Force Meeting in Savannah. Lobbyists paying for “scholarships” to cover legislator expenses. Secret policymaking meetings where the press was banned. A so-called “non-profit” that works as a money laundering machine for its corporate donors. […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Secretary of State Has Authority to Stop Certification of Election and Should Use It

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TENNESSEE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP CERTIFICATION OF PRIMARY ELECTION AND SHOULD USE IT Nashville, Tenn. (August 30, 2012) — Despite their assertions to the contrary, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins have the authority to stop the certification process of the August 2 primary […]

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Default Doublespeak – Update on Machines Defaulting to Republican Ballots

In a Tennessean follow up to the story that the electronic poll books in Davidson County were set to default to the Republican ballot during the August 2 primary,  state election coordinator Mark Goins said “default” is not the right term to use. He explained: “…the Republican primary…was highlighted, and poll officials either failed to ask […]

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