With two weeks until Election Day on Nov. 6, Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen reported giving his own campaign an additional $2 million, bringing his total donations and loans to $7.4 million
The news comes from Politico Playbook.
Last December, Bredesen was promising something different. The Tennessean reported last December that he promised not to bankroll his campaign:
Perhaps surprisingly, Bredesen, a former Nashville mayor who has earned millions privately in the health care industry and helped bankroll some of his past campaigns, said he would not be contributing any personal money into his race. He said he doesn’t think it will be necessary.”
“‘I think at this point, I’ve earned the right to go out and raise money,’ he said, adding that people have already stepped up in wide numbers over the last 48 hours.”
The Tennessee Republican Party says Bredesen has lied to the tune of more than $7.4 million this year.
“Well, now we have another report showing Bredesen pumping millions of dollars into his campaign (he has done the same in every quarter of this financial year),” a GOP press release said, citing a tweet from Gideon Resnick of The Daily Beast. “His total to-date stands at $7,455,000,” according to FEC filings.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said, “Phil Bredesen will stop at nothing to hand Tennessee’s Senate seat over to Chuck Schumer and national Democrat. No amount of money can change the fact that Phil Bredesen is a Democrat and he will vote with national Democrats every single time. He had no trouble lying to voters about self-funding – Tennesseans can’t trust him to represent their values in Washington.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has pumped millions into Tennessee’s Senate race.
The topic concerned a million-dollar dump into the Tennessee Democratic Party to pay for 61 Bredesen campaign workers including some of those who were featured in that Project Veritas video saying that Phil Bredesen lied when he said how he would have voted on Brett Kavanaugh.
Gill pointed out that Schumer had already spent about $6 million running a commercial attacking Bredesen’s opponent, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) for a vote sponsoring opioid legislation that Schumer voted for. Every Democrat in the Senate and every Democrat in the House voted for it and that Barack Obama signed into law.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.