Starrett bumps self-funding up to $900K

Challenger Grant Starrett this week personally loaned his campaign another $200,000 as his 4th Congressional District Republican primary with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais heads into its final stretch, reports the Times-Free Press.

The $200,001.10 loan, made Tuesday and reported to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, brings the total amount of personal loans the wealthy 28-year-old attorney has made to his nearly two-year effort now to $876,562.10.

Combined with $23,400 Starrett gave his campaign last year as an in-kind contribution, his total personal stake in the contest now at nearly $900,000 or $899,962.10 to be precise.

It accounts for over half of the $1.69 million he’s taken in.

DesJarlais has bashed Starrett repeatedly, charging he is an opportunistic “trust fund millionaire” seeking to “buy” a Tennessee congressional seat. Starrett, meanwhile, has charged the three-term congressman has “betrayed” the largely rural district’s residents on a number of votes.