Haslam Banks $2 Million for Re-elect Campaign

Gov. Bill Haslam raised nearly $1.3 million at a Knoxville fundraiser in early January and now has a little more than $2 million in his 2014 re-election campaign fund, reports Georgiana Vines.
The information is included in a financial disclosure filed Thursday with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance that covers a period from July 2012 through January.
The money raised in Knoxville was the kickoff to the Republican’s re-election bid. It was held at Scripps Networks Interactive, whose president, chairman of the board and CEO is Ken Lowe. The report showed Lowe contributed $7,200 to the primary and general elections, which will be held in 2014.
Scripps Networks is separate from The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the News Sentinel.
The campaign had $195,900 at the beginning of the reporting period, with another $1,960,135 raised through Jan. 8, when a blackout period began for legislative and gubernatorial candidates while the Legislature is in session.
Haslam, a former Knoxville mayor, reported $74,314 in expenses, covering everything from salaries for campaign workers to the costs of fundraisers.
Contributors from Knoxville who gave the individual maximum of $7,200 include Charles Anderson and his wife, Molly; Randy Boyd, the governor’s recently appointed adviser on higher education, and his wife, Jenny; James and Kay Clayton; Pete and Cindi DeBusk; Greg and Jennifer Dunn; Mark and Joanne Hazelwood; Graham Hunter; James and Whitney Johnson; Raja and Michelle Jubran; Fred Langley; Edward and Jeanie Sims; and members of the Haslam family, including Jim and Natalie Haslam, his father and stepmother; Jim Haslam III, his brother, and wife, Dee; Ann Bailey, his sister, and her husband, Steve; Will Haslam, his son, and wife, Hannah, and Leigh Haslam, his daughter.
Political action committees that contributed $10,700 for the primary and general elections include: Adams and Reese of Nashville; AT&T Tennessee; Community Health Systems Professional SVCS Corp. in Franklin; Eastman State of Tennessee in Bristol; Nissan in Franklin; and United for Health PAC of Tennessee, based in Washington, D.C.

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