Warner got another $138K under federal PPP program in January

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

Freshman state Rep. Todd Warner, the Chapel Hill Republican who had his business and legislative offices searched by the FBI in January, received another $138,435 in federal COVID-19 relief funds later that month. That’s on top of the $149,630 he received in April 2019.

Warner last week denied to The Tennessean that any of the money he received under the the federal Paycheck Protection Program had gone toward funding the $154,100 he loaned his campaign last year. “If I’m charged with it I feel like I’m innocent,” he told the paper.

The federal funds were directed to his contracting company, PCS of TN, which reported employing 16 people.

The candidate’s largesse raised eyebrows during the race because Warner had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a decade earlier due to his inability to pay $20 million in debts. Warner said he obtained the money for his political pursuits via an unrelated bank loan.

Warner defeated incumbent Rep. Rick Tillis of Lewisburg in the August primary.

The FBI also searched the homes and offices of Republican Reps. Glen Casada of Franklin and Robin Smith of Hixson. The Registry of Election Finance informed Warner it was reopening a complaint filed by the Tillis camp against him and an independent expenditure group called the Faith Freedom Family Find.

11 Responses to Warner got another $138K under federal PPP program in January

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    Cryan says:

    Lock him up.

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      Cryan says:

      Alright, I crack up so much imagining Casada looking at this man, with his unironed shirt and short ass tie and thinking, “yep, this is my man.’

      The lack of sophistication at the Tennessee General Assembly is just so damn funny. Somebody needs to sell this story to Comedy Central.

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    steve cates says:

    It’s REAL and we in TN are all the losers for it!

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    Benton Temple says:

    Oh boy……

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    Eddie White says:

    Don’t see much news here

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    This is what happens when you get political operatives like the ones Casada had as no show state employees to in turn ‘employ’ politicians for their consulting services. You get a nasty, hot mess of finances cross crossing in and out of states and bank accounts at taxpayer expense. It’s obvious Warner is a lying hypocrit and those that enabled him are guilty also.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    This is exactly what happens when you have a gaggle of conservative republicans in charge. You have to change the personnel to have any effect at all.

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