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Black campaign collects $225K from donors linked to company benefiting from “pollution loophole” she promoted

Donors linked to a Crossville, Tenn., truck dealership known as Fitzgerald Glider provided 12 percent of contributions to the gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, reports the New York Times under the headline, “How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A.” Black is reported to have played a pivotal role in promoting a “loophole” in federal law that helps the company.

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Harwell has $5M cash on hand for gubernatorial race

Press release from Beth Harwell campaign

In her first gubernatorial finance report, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell will
show more than $5 million cash-on- hand, with more than 1,000 individual
Tennesseans contributing to her bid for governor since July, the campaign
announced today.

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Republican Governors Association reports record fundraising with Haslam as chair

Press release from Republican Governors Association

WASHINGTON D.C.  – The Republican Governors Association announced today $63.2 million raised in all of 2017, including $27.2 million raised in the final six months of the year, setting a new fundraising record that significantly eclipses the $52.5 million raised in 2013, the last comparable year. This fundraising success allows the RGA to strongly support incumbent Republican governors, target key Democrat-held governorships, and elect a new class of Republican governors in 36 gubernatorial elections scheduled to occur less than 10 months from now.

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Black skipped gubernatorial forum to attend fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who cited a scheduling conflict in declining an invitation to join other gubernatorial candidates at a Tuesday evening forum on education issues, attended a fundraiser instead, reports The Tennessean.

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont Univeristy)

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont University)

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Fundraising effort seeks to finance UT Knoxville LGBT center without state money

An effort called “Vol Means All” is underway to fully fund operations at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s LGBT student center without government support, according to Out and About in Nashville. The first official fundraiser will be Feb. 1 in Nashville with UT-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport on hand.

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At least 18 events held in legislators’ last-minute fundraising rush

At least 18 state legislators, leadership PACs or party caucuses held fundraising events just ahead of today’s 2018 opening session of the General Assembly, reports the Times Free Press, basing the estimate on lobbyists keeping count of invitations received.

When the session begins at noon today, a blackout on fundraising begins that will continue until the end of the session or May 15, whichever comes first (and most think the session will end in April this year).

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Hatch Act complaint filed against Jim Tracy as fundraiser host

John Anderson of Bell Buckle, a retired teacher and unsuccessful candidate for the 4th Congressional District nomination in 2014, says he has filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that accuses former state Sen. Jim Tracy of violating the federal “Hatch Act” by hosting a fundraiser for state Senate candidate Shane Reeves.

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Blackburn leads Fincher in fundraising for Senate campaign

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she raised $2 million for her U.S. Senate campaign in the fourth quarter of 2017 while her fellow Republican rival, former U.S. Stephen Fincher, says he collected $1.45 million.

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Pence PAC donates to six TN U.S. Reps — including Black, Blackburn and Duncan

Politico has a list of Vice President Mike Pence’s “first round of political contributions” through a political action committee he has established —  including donations of $5,400 each to six Tennessee members of the U.S. House – Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Diane Black, John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe.

Blackburn is running for the Senate instead of reelection to the House, but money donated to her House campaign can be switched into the Senate race. Black is running for governor and, under applicable rules, she cannot shift money from her congressional campaign account into her run for a state office.

Duncan, of course, is retiring and not running for reelection in the 2nd Congressional District.

The only Tennessee Republican congressman not on the list is freshman Rep. David Kustoff of the 8th Congressional District.

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Black uses Trump tweet praise for fundraising

President Donald Trump on Friday sent a tweet praising U.S. Rep. Diane Black. She promptly turned it into a fundraising effort for her gubernatorial campaign.

The Trump tweet: “Diane Black of Tennessee, the highly respected House Budget Committee Chairwoman, did a GREAT job in passing Budget, setting up big Tax Cuts.”

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