Three Republican state legislators — Sens. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and Janice Bowling of Tullahoma along with Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville — have recently joined the trend toward lawmakers establishing their own political action committees.
McNally, the Senate Finance Committee chairman and the General Assembly’s most senior member, has founded McPAC and scheduled its first fundraiser for Monday evening, the eve of the 2016 session that starts Tuesday at noon, reports The Tennessee Journal. Once the session begins, there’s a blackout on incumbent legislator fundraising that continues until adjournment.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a pioneer in the operation of “leadership PACs” set up by individual lawmakers, also has a Monday evening fundraiser scheduled. He launched RAAMPAC in 2004.
Bowling’s new PAC is, logically enough, registered as Bowling PAC — perhaps following the example of House Speaker Beth Harwell’s Harwell PAC.
Marsh, who chairs the House Business and Utilities Committee, chose the name Marsh for Tennessee Business PAC.
Among other recently established PACs is one set up by John Avery Emison, a former Knoxvillian who has been much involved in anti-annexation efforts over the years as a leader of Citizens for Home Rule. The registered name is Citizens for Home Rule PAC and Emison is using a post office box in his current hometown of Alamo, Tenn., as the group’s address.