Rigged Registry Dismisses Dark Money Complaint

RIGGED REGISTRY DISMISSES CAMPAIGN FINANCE COMPLAINT TNCA Calls on Secretary of State to Review Registry Action Today in Nashville, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance heard a campaign finance complaint brought by Tennessee Citizen Action involving four Metro Nashville School Board candidates and out-of-state dark money group Stand for Children. Unfortunately for the principle of […]

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Stand Up, Fight Back!

Now more than ever, it is critical that we stand together — that we stand up, and fight back. Recent election results mean those who would roll back important consumer protections will soon be in power. There have been calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to dismantle the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). […]

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Stop the Purge

  Recent media reports have documented Tennessee’s process of illegally purging voters who did not vote in two consecutive November elections. Tennessee Citizen Action believes the process used in Tennessee is unacceptable and strikingly similar to the process used in Ohio — a process that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled was a violation […]

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On Notice

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Back in August, we filed a campaign finance complaint against outside special interest group Stand for Children and four Nashville school board candidates based on evidence suggesting illegal coordination. Since then, the Registry of Election Finance has held two meetings on the subject, with an extension granted to Stand and the candidates until December. NewsChannel5 […]

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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…

August 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

…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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