Why does Tim Rudd want to hide campaign disclosures?

Jun 02, 2020 at 08:00 am by Michelle Willard

Tim Rudd speaking at the Tennessee General Assembly

According to the Tennessee Journal, a bill sponsored by Murfreesboro State Rep. Tim Rudd would reduce the transparency on candidates' fundraising activity in the run-up to elections.

The bill specfically says "Effective January 1, 2021, deletes the requirement for candidates and political campaign committees to file a pre-primary and pre-general election statement detailing all contributions in the period between the last day of the most recent quarterly statement through the 10th day before the election. Deletes the requirement for candidates and political campaign committees to submit a statement detailing all contributions in the period between the 10th day prior to a primary, general, or runoff election through midnight on the day of the election."

The disclosures would still be required, but as part of quarterly reports, which aren't timely when filed nearly two months after the actual election.

This means Scott Broden would have fewer stories to write about who exactly is funding candidates' campaigns in the days before elections. 

Without the requirement, we wouldn't know that in the 10 days before the 2016 general election Rudd raised $4,950 from BNSF Railway Company, Becci Bookner, Jobs4TN PAC, Lawyers Involved for TN, JB Perere from Auto Exchange, Sheri Siskin and Tennessee Realtors PAC. Or that he raised $3,600 from Mae Beavers, CoreCivic Inc. PAC, David Hawk, Phillip Johnson 9manager VBG LLC) and UnitedHealth Group Inc. in the days before the 2018 general election.

Why would he want to hide the fact that he got $1,000 from CoreCivic, the second largest private corrections company in the United States? It's not like the private prison company has been the focus of many complaints and protests over the years for mistreatment of prisoners and poor conditions in its migrant detention camps and corrections facilities.

According to the Tennessee Journal, "The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance says doing away with the pre-election reports would not significantly reduce the agency's workload."



Comments

Great question, Michelle. Why not interview him for the next "Voice"?
As long as one party controls things, they get whatever they want☹️. At least jimmy Naifeh Isn’t there anymore 👍
How I yearn for the leadership of Ned R. McWherter!!!
I liked Ned too
The problem is VOTING, or moreso the LACK of it. Most of our citizens are not voters!
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