Bill Lee’s first campaign disclosure (PR version): $1.375M in donations matched with $1.375M self-financing

News release from the Bill Lee campaign

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Republican gubernatorial candidate and conservative Williamson County businessman and cattle farmer Bill Lee announced that his campaign for governor has raised over $1.375 million in a little over two months of active campaigning, with over $2.5 million cash on hand to end the report period.  In addition to what was raised, Bill and his wife Maria committed to match in the amount of $1.375 million due to the overwhelming level of enthusiasm and support he has received across the state.

 “Maria and I are truly humbled and honored to see the outpouring of support from across Tennessee with folks wanting to help this campaign,” said Lee.

Lee continued, “Since we announced on April 24th, we have traveled the state meeting everyone we can and sharing my vision for Tennessee. The response has been so overwhelmingly positive, we felt compelled to match the donations in an effort to thank everyone for their support and show our continued commitment to them throughout this campaign.” 

“We have said since the start of this campaign, we were going to have the resources necessary for Bill to win this race next year, and with our first fundraising period ending, we have seen that Tennesseans are absolutely responding and rallying to Bill’s vision for our state,” said Stuart McWhorter, Lee Campaign Finance Chairman.

The financial disclosure will be submitted to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance on Monday for the most recent reporting period, which ended on June 30, 2017.

Roadmap for Rural Tennessee

 Along with reporting his fundraising totals for earlier this year, Bill Lee announced yesterday his Roadmap for Rural Tennessee, the campaign’s first major policy initiative aimed at preserving the way of life in rural Tennessee and addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the region.

“I believe we are just a generation away from losing a way of life that has been at the core of our rural communities,” said Lee. “If we don’t act soon, we could lose that way of life forever.”

The roadmap is organized around four major calls to action:

 Promote the dignity of work and economic independence.

  1. Support innovation and technology to improve economic, health and educational opportunities.
  2. Attack the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction.
  3. Strengthen our state’s commitment to faith, community, and family.

To show his commitment to rural communities and to discuss his plan with those most impacted by it, Bill will begin a statewide tractor tour of Tennessee in August.

More details about these calls to action can be found at billlee.com/roadmap-rural-tennessee.

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