Lawmaker searched by FBI misses campaign finance deadline

Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) is sworn into the House in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Freshman Rep. Todd Warner of Chapel Hill, one of three Republican House members to have their homes and offices searched by the FBI earlier this month, did not file a fourth-quarter campaign finance report by Monday’s deadline.

The other subjects of the searches, Reps. Glen Casada of Franklin and Robin Smith of Hixson, filed their personal campaign and PAC disclosures on time.

Warner in an email to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance said he was unable to complete his disclosure due to the raids.

“The FBI confiscated all files and documents related to my campaign including check copies from donations and checking account ledgers,” Warner said in the email obtained by The Tennessee Journal. “They also took all computers and back ups for the campaign and my business.”

Warner defeated Rep. Rick Tillis of Lewisburg in the Republican primary in August. The Tillis camp filed a complaint alleging coordination between Warner and an independent expenditure group calling itself Faith Freedom Family Fund because they used the same postal code. The account out of Chattanooga also sent mail for a new vendor called Phoenix Solutions, which ended up getting more than $200,000 worth of business from House Republicans last cycle.

Several House members have said Smith was a major proponent of first using Phoenix Solutions. She has declined to answer reporters’ questions about whether she has any financial ties to the outfit.

10 Responses to Lawmaker searched by FBI misses campaign finance deadline

  • Avatar
    Cryan says:

    How convenient and… unsophisticated. What elected official does their own campaign finance banking and reporting? I’m sure there is another firm that can handle his financials in the future. Ask Robin.

  • Avatar
    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Get his fines before he goes bankrupt and is sent to prison.

  • Avatar
    Cannoneer2 says:

    They won’t lift a finger. Toothless.

  • Avatar
    Taxpayer #314 says:

    YES, still more “conservative republicans” doing more crooked things and trying to hide from the FBI, they just can’t help themselves. They seem to rotate through the GOP on their way to jail or waiting for indictment. It is a good thing there is a large number of them roaming the streets in Nashville waiting for their shot at the big money in republican politics. One of these days the public will wake up and start to pay attention to the politics around them, hopefully soon.

  • Pingback: Wednesday, January 27

  • Avatar
    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Todd Warner looks miserable in these pics since the FBI took over his home and used it like their own no matter what he said or did. I’m sure his kids are proud of him and his wife rides happily on his elbow. Seems that someone that can get wrapped In a money laundering scheme before he gets sworn in has some pretty good experience. Whatever ‘small business’ he’s in, I would encourage his customers to audit his invoices and any new customers steer clear of him. Desperate people get more desperate for money

  • Avatar
    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Do they get “Bonus Points” on that big Conservative scoreboard for getting raided by the FBI??

  • Avatar
    Wilford says:

    Warner is croupt to the bone, gave false address on letter to file, that’s a class d felony lying on a government form. Was involved in a landfill scheme in Marshall Cty, he’s wrong for the 92nd district but right for Leavenworth.

  • Avatar
    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Just one more crooked conservative for the big scoreboard to rate as excellent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *