U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-TN. Photo by Saul Young/News Sentinel
WASHINGTON (News Sentinel) -
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais isn't exactly the most prolific fundraiser in Tennessee, much less in all of Congress.
But he's apparently got a knack for squeezing money out of wealthy donors.
The South Pittsburg Republican raised just $684,000 for his re-election last year in a campaign so brutal he won the August primary by just 38 votes. But nearly a quarter of his campaign stash came from an elite group of rich benefactors, according to a new report that tracked contributions by mega donors — or, as the report labels them, “the 1 percent of the 1 percent.”
DesJarlais raked in a higher percentage of funds from mega contributors than any other incumbent in Tennessee's congressional delegation, even though he had one of the smallest campaign bank accounts in the state.