Burchett, Matlock neck-to-neck in 2nd Congressional District campaign financing

On the money front, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and state Rep. Jimmy Matlock are running roughly equal in seeking the 2nd Congressional District Republican nomination, according to disclosures filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Burchett reports raising $153,693 in the final quarter of 2017, spending $58,995 and holding a balance of $207,354 on Dec. 31. For the campaign since started, the total receipts are $294,474 with spending of $87,120.

Matlock reported receipts totaling $111,836 in the fourth quarter and spending of $54,667 with a balance of $220,015. For his campaign so far, the total receipts were listed as $290,326 and total spending of $70,509. Matlock’s receipts include $75,000 in personal loans. Burchett has  no loans reported.

Jason Emert, a businessman and Young Republicans Federation leader who lost to state Rep. Eddie Smith of Knoxville in the 2014 GOP primary, reported raising $16,635 in contributions and loaning his campaign $100,000.

In the Democratic primary, Joshua Williams, a Knoxville clinical psychologist who announced back in May, reported collecting $17,237 in the fourth quarter, spending $11,882 and a balance of $7,980. Campaign-to-date totals: $58,039 raised; $50,059 spent.

Democrat Rene Rene Hoyos, executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network who announced more recently, reported $20,725 in receipts for the fourth quarter and spending of $10,201. Her campaign balance was $13,794.

Burchett donors notably included James Haslam II, father of Gov. Bill Haslam, and his wife Natalie. They gave Burchett $1,500 each. Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe donated $2,500. The former state senator got $500 donations each from a PAC operated by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Rep. Jason Zachary of Knoxville.

Matlock donors included $2,700 each from state Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) and his wife. Former state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick contributed $500 and a PAC run by current House Majority Leader Glen Casada gave $250.

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