Warner denies federal PPP loan money used to fund campaign

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, one of three Republican lawmakers who had their homes and offices raided by the FBI in January, tells The Tennessean‘s Natalie Allison he didn’t use federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay for his campaign.

Warner, a Chapel Hill businessman, received $149,630 under the Paycheck Protection Program in April. He later loaned his campaign $154,100 in the process of defeating incumbent Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) in the August primary.

Warner told the paper he used the PPP money to cover allowable business expenses, while he separately borrowed the money he loaned his campaign from a bank.

“They question your integrity, whether you’re an honest man when you’ve been blown up and they say you’re bankrupt, which I have been in 2010,” Warner told the paper, adding he had since rebounded financially.

Warner’s company filed for federal bankruptcy protection when he couldn’t pay more than $20 million in debts during the Great Recession.

“It was a sad time,” Warner said. “I hope we aren’t headed there again with the government giving all this money away.”

The FBI also hauled away materials from the homes and offices of former House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) and Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson).

24 Responses to Warner denies federal PPP loan money used to fund campaign

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Incredible. Screws no telling how many people out of 20 million then has more shady dealings with PPP money. This guy is very obese and you can tell he’s been at the trough a long time. Bought his way into office and FBI raids him right after being elected. He needs to be careful. Rape is a real thing in prison

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    Cryan says:

    Todd Warner is a crook. I wonder which of these rats will get a deal and offer evidence of the governor’s bribery schemes. The FBI’s targets aren’t this small. They’re looking for someone to flip.

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      Cryan says:

      Also, good to see a post from Erik today, March the Fourth. I was getting worried Q was right and Trump had descended from the Heavens to be sworn in for an infinite term after locking up all the journalists or some crap like that.

      (This isn’t a joke by the way. Q-Anon people actually believe this.)

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    “I hope we aren’t headed there again with the government giving all this money away.” Says the guy who gladly accepted amost $150K from the government.

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      Phillip Lassiter says:

      I know, right? Complete buffoon. I’m sure his family is proud though His district must be just like him to accept him so openly

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    Don says:

    Pretty sad when you condem a man without knowing facts. But, that is what you Left’ist do. Know the facts and maybe you won’t offer inane opinions.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I guess we should be understanding Don. The significantly demented President Big Guy continues to be in the witness protection program that he was in during the campaign, but our leftist friends apparently prefer it that way lest the he show how impaired he is by making himself available for even the softball questions from the leftist press. As a result in about a year and a half the Democrats will surely lose control of the House, and hopefully the Senate as well. Nothing much to do except play Inspector Clouseau of the French Surete in this odd numbered year.
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      Of so much more importance is the news that broke a few hours ago when The Club For Growth announced that it was making its first endorsement of 2022 when they endorsed “strong constitutional conservative” Josh Mandel to replace centrist Rob Portman (Heritage-56%). That means Josh has a good shot to win the Ohio Republican nomination and he will be guaranteed the resources to get it done!

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        MARLE says:

        How is he demented, Stuart? I know he didn’t suggest “maybe injecting bleach inside, you know, sort of like a cleansing” while he stared at the “brilliant” Dr Birx like our former president did. But what makes him demented, Stuart?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Good heavens, MARLE, on many days the poor guy can’t be left to answer questions without his wife or an at his side to help him out. He either forgets and/or can’t express himself in coherent sentences. Alas, I am old enough to have witnessed members of two generations have the same symptoms as the Big Guy, but they didn’t attempt to occupy a high office in that condition. Our former President hasn’t never been mistaken William F. Buckley, and he has his psychological tics, but at least he has the ability to express himself and remember things that any normal person should be expected to remember.

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            Cryan says:

            Ronald Reagan was more demented than Trump and Biden combined. Trump’s White House physician was just found guilty by the US Military of mixing alcohol and ambien while on the job. But yes, let’s all of a sudden care about this because it’s a Democrat.

            Typical hypocrite Republican. You’re all against “sexual eccentricities” until it’s Rudy Giuliani, a man who left his first cousin wife to shack up with a gay couple in NYC.

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            Eddie White says:

            Where is Biden? Not Hunter, Joe? When will the puppet make an appearance?

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            Cryan says:

            I’m glad Fox News is around. Now that Rush is sleeping with the fishes, I was worried you wouldn’t have someone to tell you what to think.

            By the way, it’s Merry Christmas not Adam and Steve.

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            MARLE says:

            When was the time that he had his wife help him out????? One time, one day compared to the incalculable number of times the former president said something outright absurd. And about a 25% rise in the stock market ago?

            I commented only on Trump policy and his truthfulness about it. YOU are commenting constantly on a few sentence stumbles caught on tape and played incessantly on Fox (which maybe you can’t distinguish replays from originals). Your obsession is derangement. Concentrate on his policies and lies and broken campaign promised. If he is like Trump you’ll have plenty of factual and important things to find fault with.
            And then you won’t have “Derangement Syndrome”.

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            James White says:

            The book, “William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment” examines the following details of Buckley’s life:
            connections to the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA, and Yale’s Skull & Bones
            selection of ex-Communists, Trotskyites, and CIA veterans to staff National Review
            failed attempt to destroy The John Birch Society
            promotion of liberal causes, including abortion, drugs, homosexuality, and pornography.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            It is just one more DENIAL from one more republican, it is the conservative way!

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    David Collins says:

    Well Stuart, if Trump “has the ability to express himself and remember things that any normal person should be expected to remember” then that is proof positive that he is the biggest liar to ever hold public office. Example, he told the American public last spring that the pandemic would be gone as soon as it got warm and that it was just like any other flu. He said this AFTER he had told Bob Woodward (and remember, before you deny it or say he was misquoted, it’s on tape) that the virus was worse than the worst flu you could imagine and if you got it, well, you were pretty well done for. Any normal person would remember saying that to Woodward don’t you think? So, it’s good to hear you admit that the guy you voted for twice is the biggest liar to ever hold office. You have to be proud. I mean, the guy who claims to be the best at everything is, according to the standard you set forth, the best at lying. And please, don’t come back at me saying that I suffer from some psychological syndrome that doesn’t exist outside of your head. The only thing I “suffer” from is an overwhelming disgust for liars.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No David, I am neither proud nor happy that the Democratic Party has been completely taken over by leftists who want to “fundamentally change” most everything I love about this country. As a result, I have become a “Yellow Dog Republican” insofar as I simply have to vote for whomever a majority of voters nominate for any contested office in the Republican primary whether its a yellow dog or Donald Trump. It’s a terrible state in which our nation happens to find itself.

      The shortcomings of Donald Trump are simply too numerous to mention. In response, I sadly have to quote a friend of yours when I say “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE”!

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    The Registry won’t get to exercise their Incumbent wrist slapping prowess here. I imagine that after a good forensic accounting the FBI might have other ideas.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    There is no logical reason ever to vote for someone who is as deranged as Trump is. A liar, cheater, thief, sexual predator and bully.

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    Eddie White says:

    Trump sounds a lot like Jack Kennedy.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Meanwhile, another nightmare trick is coming to Maury County from General Motors. Our leaders are naive and incapable of learning from the past.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Republicans just deny everything and keep right on going in a downward and illegal spiral until they get caught. It happens so often yet they repeat the process again and again. Indeed, incapable of learning.

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