Morning Roundup: Business PACs Empty Pockets for Ramsey and Other Big Surprises


Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey collects $170,000 in campaign cash linked to trade groups, businesses and other special interests. Spokesman Brad Todd calls it "no surprise that people who advocate pro-growth policies would support him." Ramsey also fluffed up his fundraising total by tossing in $120,000 from his Senate campaign account. Todd says any suggestion the campaign was trying to pump up his fundraising to look stronger than Zach Wamp is "not true." ... McWherter campaign manager Kim Sasser Hayden slaps Roy Herron for his creative accounting:
"He's clearly just playing the game the way he thinks it should be played. That's not the way Mike McWherter plays it. In our press release, we used the exact number that we collected."
Experts say some state business taxes may increase, but businesses also can expect a new set of economic incentives to stimulate growth. ... Tennessee gets $77 million in clean water money. ... Six candidates are running for Cobb's House seat. ... Cohen's war chest mounts to $750,000. ... Davis accuses Roe of breaking promise not to take special-interest money.

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