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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What Jeremy Durham Exposed

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

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 […]

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Double Your Impact — Keep the Fight Alive

This year, we’ve been fighting hard on issues ranging from healthcare security to payday lending to campaign finance transparency. We plan to keep fighting — this year and into the 2017 legislative session. And we’re pleased to have the support of activists from across the state. Now, we have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our […]

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Fighting for Election Transparency

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

We believe elections should be fair and that campaign funding should be transparent. That’s why we filed a complaint when an outside group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Nashville School Board races and appeared to be coordinating their efforts with candidates in violation of Tennessee campaign finance law. We’re pleased the Tennessee Registry […]

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Thoughts on the Voting Rights Act

As Federal Courts move to strike down unfair Voter ID laws, some thoughts on the importance of protecting the franchise from Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division: “The Founders in Philadelphia, activists at Seneca Falls, N.Y., and marchers in Selma, Ala., all recognized the profound power of the franchise.  When we […]

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When Dark Money Attacks…

…We Fight Back! From WSMV: Grassroots organization Tennessee Citizen Action Wednesday called for an investigation into whether campaign finance laws were broken in several races for Metro Nashville school board. The group, which describes itself as a consumer rights organization, announced its plans to file a petition with District Attorney General Glenn Funk and/or the […]

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Christy, Miller Refuse to Deny Campaign Coordination

In response to a sworn complaint by Davidson County voter Chelle Baldwin and Tennessee Citizen Action regarding the need for an investigation into potential illegal campaign finance activity in the MNPS school board race, candidates Jackson Miller and Miranda Christy have both released statements. Additionally, Stand for Children, through its attorney, has also issued a […]

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Campaign Finance Complaint Filed in MNPS Elections

Tennessee Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest group, joined with Davidson County voter Chelle Baldwin today in filing a sworn complaint with Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk and the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.   Tennessee Citizen Action filed the complaint pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 2-10-108, which encourages voters to report local […]

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Automatic for the People

There’s some great news about this year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly. YES! You read that correctly. This year’s legislative session offers some truly good news. A pair of bills have been filed to make it easier for individuals to register to vote. We’ve always fought for greater access to the ballot box and […]

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Free and Fair Elections — It’s Time to Investigate

On August 14th, 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. When the Fox Brothers failed to respond, we stated our intent to keep monitoring the situation — and, if […]

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