Little has been made public about two new PACS trying to influence the Memphis election, reports the Commercial Appeal. One is called Neighborhood Alliance PAC and has at least filed a campaign disclosure.
The other, called Citizens for a Brighter Memphis, hasn’t done that much, but hit mailboxes in recent days with as many as three mail pieces attacking mayoral candidate Jim Strickland.
It prompted a pointed response from Strickland as a contentious mayor’s race traveled down a new road: deciphering the origins of outside money.
Third-party groups’ spending would be in addition to what’s already believed to be a record-breaking amount of money in this year’s mayor’s race — nearly $1.6 million raised just for the Strickland and Mayor A C Wharton campaigns alone.
Citizens for a Brighter Memphis’ mail pieces claim Strickland cut school funding and that he would “weaken our police force.” One mailer urges recipients to vote for Wharton.
…No group called Citizens for a Brighter Memphis is registered with the Shelby County Election Commission or the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. The only known pro-Wharton political action committee is Memphis First PAC, which had not filed a disclosure as of Friday afternoon.
…Meanwhile, Neighborhood Alliance PAC’s Thursday financial disclosure with the Shelby County Election Commission still doesn’t tell much about who is behind that group, but it does show it’s well-financed.
The political action committee reported $113,000 in receipts and $95,355 in spending on the election in September, leaving $17,645 to spend in the week before the race. The group formally disclosed in the filing that its expenses are in opposition to Wharton.