TN GOP lawmakers not opening their wallets to Trump

Excerpt from a Tennessean report on presidential campaign fundraising in Tennessee, which overall shows Hillary Clinton still leading in money collection though Donald Trump has grained ground in the last couple of months:

Not one of the nine Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation – including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn who had a primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who was considered a vice-presidential candidate – have written a check to Trump, a trend that has expanded beyond Tennessee.

Only two Republican members of Congress have donated to Trump, according to a Fortune analysis of his latest campaign contributions.

In Tennessee, Reps. Jeremy Durham, Kelly Keisling and Bill Sanderson and Sen. Mae Beavers, who served as chairman of the state’s delegation to the RNC, are the only lawmakers to give money to the billionaire this election cycle.

By comparison, at this same point in the 2012 election, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney received at total of $24,000 from four of Tennessee’s Republican members of Congress, including Blackburn, and three state lawmakers – House Speaker Beth Harwell and Sen. Jack Johnson and Beavers.

Romney also received two $2,500 donations from Gov. Bill Haslam during the same time period. Although Haslam has not written a check to Trump, his father, James Haslam II, who also donated to Romney in 2012, has given the presidential candidate $2,700.

Clinton, meanwhile, has received $7,700 from five Tennessee Democratic lawmakers – or 15 percent of the 33 seats the party holds between Congress and the state legislature – during the 2016 election cycle.

The Democratic lawmakers to give to Clinton are: U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Reps. Craig Fitzhugh, Harold Love and Raumesh Akbari, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

During the same time period in the 2012 election, President Barack Obama received $2,100 from five Democratic state lawmakers.