Paperwork for mystery vendor appears to have been improperly filed in registered agent’s name

Phoenix Solutions, the campaign vendor that has come under scrutiny following an FBI raid on Tennessee lawmakers last month, appears to have improperly filed its application to do business in the state.

A Spokane, Wash.-based company called Northwest Registered Agents LLC had been hired to originally register Phoenix Solutions in New Mexico in November 2019. When the company filed its papers with the Tennessee Secretary of State four days later, it submitted an electronic signature in the name of the same Northwest employee, Morgan Noble. The problem is that Noble did not submit the latter filing for Phoenix Solutions, according to her employer.

“We did not do that,” Jed Smith, a spokesman for Northwest Registered Agent LLC, told The Tennessee Journal. “It was unauthorized.”

The company remains a client of Northwest in both New Mexico and Tennessee, but Smith said “we weren’t hired” for registration purposes in the latter.

Phoenix Solutions did $231,144 worth of business with Tennessee Republicans — almost entirely from House members — in the year since emerging on the scene. Rep. Robin Smith of Hixson, a former state GOP chair and then a freshman lawmaker, was a chief proponent of directing caucus business toward Phoenix Solutions.

Smith, newly elected Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill), and former House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) had their homes and offices searched by federal agents. Smith and Casada have declined to answer questions about whether they or former aide Cade Cothren (whose home was also searched) had any financial ties to Phoenix Solutions.

A phone number for Phoenix Solutions listed in invoices filed with the Tennessee General Assembly is disconnected.

11 Responses to Paperwork for mystery vendor appears to have been improperly filed in registered agent’s name

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    Cryan says:

    Haslam had it figured out. Put your assets in a “blind trust” and outsource state business to the companies you own stock in as a minority shareholder. There’s a reason he became the richest elected official in America and didn’t go to jail.

    Bill Lee and these unsophisticated state legislators are just vultures picking at the carcass who think they can get away with it. They want to be as rich as Haslam, but they’re too damn stupid.

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    mike swafford says:

    Yes just looking at OLD Bill Lee looks like STUPID all over his FACE. But so do the people of Tennessee who voting for him.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Surprise! Surprise! surprise! Looks like runny eggs and applesauce for breakfast in jail today!

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    So corrupt.

    Resign Robin.

    Resign Glen.

    Resign Warner.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Be careful of those tempests in a teapot guys. Check to see if the water is boiling because if it is you might get splashed and being splashed with boiling water can smart for awhile.

    In the meantime, Robin Smith (ACU-90%) and my friend Glen Casada (ACU-88%) please continue your fine service in the House. Soon there will be conservative legislation that needs to be passed and liberal legislation that needs to be ignored so best of luck during this session of the General Assembly.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      The overwhelming majority of people who conduct their lives in an ethical manner don’t have to worry about getting splashed.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Conservatives have consistently run amuck in our state because is NO Leadership in the state, the foxes are running the hen house and have been for awhile. They are indeed clever in keeping things hidden but the truth will out sometime soon. The Conservative/MAGA/Tea/Republican party has been morally bankrupted and is in total disarray, not to mention being overwhelmed with ethical and legal problems. The dirty tricks have kept them moving in this downward direction for quite some time now.

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    Brandon Tawwater says:

    I smell Lofti Cooking A scent of Gleaves also? Definitely a strong odor or Cothren with legislative accents. Good stew boiling over

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    And another right wing (R) conservative nut-job just got voted off her two senate committees yesterday. They are dropping like flies.

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