Wamp Calls On Fleischmann To Limit Special-Interest PAC Support

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Third District Congressional candidate Weston Wamp on Tuesday called on Congressman Chuck Fleischmann "to limit the excessive special interest contributions he continues to accept and to ensure that at least 50 percent of his campaign dollars come from within Tennessee’s Third District."

He said, “It is disappointing that Congressman Fleischmann continues to rely on special interests and people outside the Third District for the money he needs to get re-elected. The absolute least he could do is limit the money he accepts from these outside interests to less than the amount he raises from the people he was elected to represent.

”After Congressman Fleischmann said on his website as a candidate, 'I promise that special interest groups in Washington will not find an open door in my congressional office,' he has yet again given Third District voters reason to believe he does not represent them with a whopping 67.5 percent of his funds raised in the fourth quarter of 2013 coming from special interest PACs and out-of-district contributors.

"Incredibly, the numbers are an improvement over the third quarter of 2013 when 83 percent of Fleischmann’s funds came from outside the Third District.

“Congress sorely needs to regain the people’s trust and unfortunately Congressman Fleischmann is doing just the opposite by taking huge amounts of money from outside of Tennessee’s Third District. This behavior reeks of typical Washington politics.

“My campaign will be focused on bringing Congress back to the people through transparency and accessibility. It’s no wonder people have lost confidence in the Congress and Congressman Fleischmann. Their loyalties are not with us.”

He said that in the fourth quarter of 2013, $94,000 of the $196,574 Rep. Fleischmann raised came from special interest PACs and more than $38,000 came from individuals outside of the Third District. In the third quarter of 2013, $45,875 of the $95,880 Rep. Fleischmann raised came from PACs and more than $33,000 came from individuals outside the Third District.


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