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Fleischmann donated to Obama!

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and his wife, Brenda, contributed a combined $605 to President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Political observers may find the donations unusual because the Ooltewah Republican supported Mitt Romney and generally lines up against Obama whenever possible.
Records show Fleischmann was the only Tennessean in Congress to give at least $200 to the president’s second-term kickoff. Even the Volunteer State’s two congressional Democrats aren’t listed in the report naming inaugural donors, who gave more than $43 million.
Fleischmann contributed $300 and his wife donated $305. It’s possible that other Volunteer State lawmakers pitched in. People who gave $200 or less did not have contributions documented and itemized in Federal Election Commission records.
A Fleischmann aide acknowledged the donations Tuesday in a statement to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
“Congressman Fleischmann’s record shows that he fervently opposes the President at practically every turn,” Fleischmann spokesman Tyler Threadgill said in a written statement. “However, in the spirit of democracy he and his wife did attend a bipartisan event as part of the inaugural ceremonies.”
Threadgill said Fleischmann’s contributions covered the cost of two tickets for an official inauguration event. He said he didn’t know specifics beyond that.

Stewart Decries DeJarlais Donation from Nuclear Company

Press release from Eric Stewart campaign:
Records show Congressman Scott DesJarlais received a large contribution from a Maryland-based nuclear energy company just days before he wrote a letter to government officials requesting federal loan guarantees for their project.
DesJarlais previously denied authoring the letters altogether in written correspondence with Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, but a USA Today investigation found letters with his signature written to the Office of Management and Budget asking for swift loan approval for USEC Inc.’s American Centrifuge project.
“Now we know why Congressman DesJarlais denied writing the letters,” said State Senator Eric Stewart (D-Belvidere), who is challenging Desjarlais for the fourth district seat this fall. “I support the project because it brings good jobs to Tennessee, but I am disappointed that our Congressman’s crass money grab has put the project at risk.”
One of the letters is dated November 4 and requests “immediate action on funding”, just 5 days after USEC Inc.’s Political Action Committee contributed $1000 to DesJarlais’ campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
“How much is Congressman DesJarlais’ influence selling for these days?,” asked Stewart. “For over a year, he has refused to hold a live town hall meeting in this district to hear concerns of constituents, yet only four days after receiving a contribution from a lobbyist he writes a letter seeking funds for the project.”

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