Tennessee gubernatorial candidates use millions of their own for campaigns
Tennessee candidates for governor are raising millions of dollars in contributions, but the big money is coming from the contenders themselves.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee candidates for governor are raising millions of dollars in contributions, but the big money is coming from the contenders themselves.
A campaign finance disclosure report released this week shows that Republicans Diane Black and Bill Lee had the most in contributions this quarter - each around $3.3 million - but both either loaned or gave $3 million of their own money to their campaigns. Republican Randy Boyd raised a little more than $2.6 million, but $2 million was money he gave to himself.
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, raised a little more than $549,000.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, a Republican, received no money, and neither did state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat. Both state lawmakers are barred from raising money while the Legislature is in session.
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