Winners and losers in the General Assembly’s fundraising sweepstakes

The state Capitol was closed to visitors on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The final fundraising disclosures are in before Thursday’s primary election. We’ve dug through the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance disclosures to aggregate how much each candidate for the House and Senate has raised so far through this election cycle.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) leads the way with $359,200, followed by freshman Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Nashville) with $290,700. Sen. Paul Rose (R-Covington) is next on the list with $226,500, though his numbers are a bit inflated by having stood for a special election during the cycle.

On the other end of the spectrum are incumbents who have raised the least. They are Reps. G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) with $2,900, Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) with $3,900, and former House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) with $6,450.

These totals are for candidates only, meaning they don’t include any of their political action committees.

A couple caveats about the way the Registry keeps these numbers: They include outside donations and direct contributions from the candidates themselves, but not loans. For example, while Rep. Rick Tillis’ challenger Todd Warner in District 92 is listed as raising $2,950, that figure doesn’t include the eye-popping $127,100 he has loaned himself. The figures also don’t include unitemized contributions, which for some candidates can be substantial.

So with all that being said, the full list follows. Challengers and candidates in open races are listed in italics.

Candidate  Party Office City Amount
SEXTON, CAMERON R House  District 25 Crossville $359,201
FREEMAN, BOB D House  District 56 Nashville $290,679
ROSE, PAUL R Senate District 32 Covington $226,509
REEVES, SHANE R Senate District 14 Murfreesboro $168,781
SMITH, ROBIN R House  District 26 Hixson $157,100
STEWART, MIKE D House  District 52 Nashville $155,980
TEMPLETON, JAI R Senate District 26 Stantonville $144,496
TILLIS, THOMAS R. R House  District 92 Lewisburg $140,947
ABERNATHY, KIMI D Senate District 20 Nashville $139,751
LAMBERTH, WILLIAM R House  District 44 Portland $136,895
WHITE, MARK R House  District 83 Memphis $133,407
MASSEY, BECKY R Senate District 6 Knoxville $126,550
CAMPBELL, HEIDI D Senate District 20 Nashville $126,482
YAGER, KEN R Senate District 12 Kingston $126,140
GARDENHIRE, TODD R Senate District 10 Chattanooga $122,162
POWERS, BILL R Senate District 22 Clarksville $120,695
FAISON, JEREMY R House  District 11 Cosby $119,325
LUNDBERG, JON R Senate District 4 Bristol $112,916
TODD, CHRISTOPHER R House  District 73 Humboldt $106,450
DICKERSON, STEVEN R Senate District 20 Nashville $106,350
BOYD, CLARK R House  District 46 Lebanon $105,800
GARRETT, JOHNNY R House  District 45 Goodlettsville $105,275
WILLIAMS, RYAN R House  District 42 Cookeville $102,875
HILL, MATTHEW R House  District 7 Jonesborough $102,325
SWANN, ART R Senate District 2 Maryville $100,750
HAILE, FERRELL R Senate District 18 Gallatin $99,420
HOLSCLAW, JOHN R House  District 4 Johnson City $99,300
GILLESPIE, JOHN R House  District 97 Memphis $95,950
GANT, RON R House  District 94 Williston $95,750
LEATHERWOOD, TOM R House  District 99 Arlington $95,145
JOHNSON, GLORIA D House  District 13 Knoxville $93,758
NICELEY, FRANK R Senate District 8 Strawberry Plains $88,977
LYNN, SUSAN R House  District 57 Old Hickory $88,550
LITTLETON, MARY R House  District 78 Dickson $88,224
STAPLES, RICK D House  District 15 Knoxville $87,053
HASTON, KIRK R House  District 72 Lobelville $85,468
CURCIO, MICHAEL R House  District 69 Dickson $81,550
VAUGHAN, KEVIN R House  District 95 Collierville $80,025
HICKS, GARY R House  District 9 Rogersville $78,508
HELTON, ESTHER R House  District 30 East Ridge $75,223
HAZLEWOOD, PATSY R House  District 27 Signal Mountain $74,650
JERNIGAN, DARREN D House  District 60 Old Hickory $74,600
STEVENS, JOHN R Senate District 24 Huntingdon $73,150
ALEXANDER, REBECCA R House  District 7 Jonesborough $70,400
DIXIE, VINCENT D House  District 54 Nashville $70,050
HICKS, TIM R House  District 6 Gray $68,325
ZACHARY, JASON R House  District 14 Knoxville $68,280
WALLEY, PAGE R Senate District 26 Bolivar $68,055
RAMSEY, BOB R House  District 20 Maryville $67,424
RUSSELL, LOWELL R House  District 21 Vonore $64,550
BOWLING, JANICE R Senate District 16 Tullahoma $63,350
HALFORD, CURTIS R House  District 79 Dyer $63,099
SALINAS, GABBY D House  District 97 Memphis $62,528
CEPICKY, SCOTT R House  District 64 Culleoka $62,310
KEISLING, KELLY R House  District 38 Byrdstown $61,828
TERRY,  BRYAN R House  District 48 Murfreesboro $58,875
KYLE, SARA P. D Senate District 30 Memphis $58,650
MADEIRA, ELIZABETH D House  District 63 Franklin $57,655
TRAVIS, RON R House  District 31 Dayton $57,403
MOON, JEROME F. R House  District 8 Maryville $55,900
BAUM, CHARLIE R House  District 37 Murfreesboro $55,581
DARBY, TANDY R House  District 76 Greenfield $54,749
POWELL-DENNIS, RUBY D House  District 97 Cordova $53,761
VAN HUSS, MICAH R House  District 6 Gray $52,384
WHITSON, SAM R House  District 65 Franklin $51,850
PHILLIPS, MARIAH D House  District 37 Murfreesboro $51,612
ENGLEN, DOUG R Senate District 22 Clarksville $47,790
HOWELL, DAN R House  District 22 Cleveland $47,693
MANNIS, EDDIE R House  District 18 Knoxville $47,497
CAMPER, KAREN D House  District 87 Memphis $47,350
HODGES, JASON D House  District 67 Clarksville $46,345
ELDRIDGE, RICK R House  District 10 Morristown $45,848
GREEN, JERRI D House  District 83 Memphis $44,633
SHERRELL, PAUL R House  District 43 Sparta $44,500
SCRUGGS, GLENN D Senate District 10 Chattanooga $43,045
RUDD, TIM R House  District 34 Murfreesboro $41,600
MARSH, PAT R House  District 62 Shelbyville $41,301
HAWK, DAVID R House  District 5 Greeneville $41,200
JOHNSON, ANDREA BOND D House  District 82 Brownsville $39,210
HAKEEM, YUSUF A. D House  District 28 Chattanooga $39,100
HENSLEY, JOEY R Senate District 28 Hohenwald $38,600
CALFEE, KENT R House  District 32 Kingston $38,177
FARMER, ANDREW R House  District 17 Sevierville $38,150
BRICKEN, RUSH R House  District 47 Tullahoma $37,960
CREASY, ALLAN D House  District 97 Memphis $36,741
COUCH, VIRGINIA D House  District 18 Knoxville $35,288
CARRINGER, MICHELE R House  District 16 Knoxville $35,058
POWELL, JASON D House  District 53 Nashville $35,000
MCMAHAN, JOHN R House  District 76 Union City $34,412
HURT, CHRIS R House  District 82 Halls $32,875
BOUNDS, PATTI R House  District 16 Knoxville $31,546
GRILLS, RUSTY R House  District 77 Newbern $30,950
LAFFERTY, JUSTIN R House  District 89 Knoxville $30,884
HALL, MARK R House  District 24 Cleveland $28,750
PARK, MATTHEW D House  District 15 Knoxville $28,724
WEAVER, TERRI LYNN R House  District 40 Lancaster $28,613
HULSEY, BUD R House  District 2 Kingsport $28,475
CLEMMONS, JOHN RAY D House  District 55 Nashville $27,260
OGLES, BRANDON R House  District 61 Franklin $26,921
POWERS, DENNIS R House  District 36 Jacksboro $26,697
MITCHELL, BO D House  District 50 Nashville $26,400
MILLER, LARRY D House  District 88 Memphis $25,800
DOGGETT, CLAY R House  District 70 Pulaski $25,250
MOODY, DEBRA R House  District 81 Covington $24,850
CRAWFORD, JOHN R House  District 1 Kingsport $24,700
CHISM, JESSE D House  District 85 Memphis $24,525
REEDY, JAY D. R House  District 74 Erin $23,746
LOVE, HAROLD D House  District 58 Nashville $23,650
CAMPBELL, SCOTTY R House  District 3 Mountain City $23,551
OSTER, GINA R House  District 18 Knoxville $23,395
CLARK, JAY D House  District 8 Rockford $23,224
COOPER, BARBARA D House  District 86 Memphis $23,020
KUMAR, SABI R House  District 66 Springfield $22,300
ROWLAND, ELIZABETH D House  District 16 Knoxville $22,195
JOHNSON, CURTIS R House  District 68 Clarksville $21,536
HARRIS, TORREY D House  District 90 Memphis $21,109
PARKINSON, ANTONIO D House  District 98 Memphis $21,050
SNEED, SUSAN D House  District 20 Maryville $20,902
BECK, BILL D House  District 51 Madison $20,800
THOMPSON, HILMAN DWAYNE D House  District 96 Cordova $20,325
CARR, BRUCE DALE R House  District 12 Sevierville $20,250
RUDDER, IRIS R House  District 39 Winchester $20,250
TURNER, JAMES D House  District 52 Antioch $20,149
SMITH, CATRINA D House  District 90 Memphis $19,230
THROCKMORTON, SCOTT R Senate District 32 Collierville $17,854
COCHRAN, MARK R House  District 23 Englewood $17,800
MILLS, LEE R House  District 99 Arlington $16,533
POTTS, JASON D House  District 59 Nashville $16,200
SPARKS, MIKE R House  District 49 Smyrna $16,124
MITCHELL, JOHN G. D House  District 36 Heiskell $15,800
POSSEL, PATRICIA R House  District 96 Cordova $15,764
DAVIS, ELAINE R House  District 13 Knoxville $15,575
BYRD, DAVID R House  District 71 Waynesboro $14,650
FISCUS, BRADLEY I House  District 63 Franklin $14,600
WRIGHT, DAVE R House  District 19 Corryton $14,588
SHAW, JOHNNY D House  District 80 Bolivar $14,550
SEXTON, JERRY R House  District 35 Bean Station $14,386
DEBERRY, JOHN I House District 90 Memphis $13,750
PRIMER, DOMINIQUE D House  District 84 Memphis $13,723
GLYNN, RONNIE L. D Senate District 22 Clarksville $13,675
THOMAS, BRANDON D House  District 49 Murfreesboro $13,554
FROST, DOMINIQUE D House  District 86 Memphis $13,448
PARKER, ANYA D House  District 90 Memphis $13,124
WILDRIDGE, GORDON D. R House  District 72 Lexington $12,950
RAGAN, JOHN R House  District 33 Oak Ridge $12,900
TOWNS, JOE D House  District 84 Memphis $12,400
WELCH, GARRY R House  District 71 Savannah $12,250
HOOD, CASEY R Senate District 24 Obion $11,775
LAMAR, LONDON D House  District 91 Memphis $11,582
MCKENZIE, SAM D House  District 15 Knoxville $11,050
GRIFFEY, BRUCE I. R House  District 75 Paris $10,600
SIZEMORE, PATRICK I House  District 40 Carthage $10,572
PRIESTLEY, KEITH R House  District 76 McKenzie $10,160
JOHNSON, EDDIE D House  District 69 Bon Aqua $8,600
ROBINSON, BOBBY R House  District 43 Sparta $8,239
HOOKS, GEORGE M. “MIKE” R House  District 32 Kingston $8,173
DOSTER, DENNIS R House  District 76 Dresden $7,911
CUEVAS, VINCENT R House  District 92 Lewisburg $7,900
BATT, BRAD D House  District 6 Johnson City $7,872
CLEMONS, CHASE D Senate District 14 Fayetteville $7,850
MILLER-WATKINS, CIVIL D Senate District 26 Rossville $7,430
ABNEY, CAROL VENEA D House  District 38 Celina $6,785
CLAYTON, TERRY D House  District 54 Nashville $6,549
CASADA, GLEN R House  District 63 Franklin $6,450
GENTRY, JOHN ANTHONY I Senate District 18 Goodlettsville $5,670
FERRY, MATT H. D House  District 48 Murfreesboro $4,940
WARRINGTON, CHRISTINE R House  District 79 Humboldt $4,900
GEORGE, JANE D Senate District 6 Knoxville $4,475
FANKHAUSER, DAVID G. E. I House  District 23 Tellico Plains $4,259
BROWN, SAM D Senate District 6 Knoxville $4,200
CAMPBELL, JAMES G. D House  District 64 Columbia $4,152
CARROLL, AUSTIN R House  District 71 Hohenwald $4,150
CARTER, MIKE R House  District 29 Ooltewah $3,900
LOWERY, JERRY R House  District 43 Sparta $3,762
FOLEY, JENNIFER D House  District 65 Spring Hill $3,125
BYNOM, DENNIS R House  District 42 Cookeville $3,094
WASHBURN, JEFFERY T. I House  District 76 Dresden $3,000
WARNER, TODD R House  District 92 Cornersburg $2,950
STOCKTON, CLIFFORD D House  District 97 Cordova $2,945
HARDAWAY, G. A. D House  District 93 Memphis $2,900
YOUNGLOVE-MINER, SHEILA D Senate District 16 McMinnville $2,900
SOTTEK, TOM I House  District 57 Lebanon $2,400
TEES, DONNA R House  District 52 Nashville $2,368
DAWSON, JOHN R House  District 67 Clarksville $2,330
ACUFF, BOB R House  District 4 Elizabethton $2,200
CANADA, DIANE MICHEL R House  District 56 Brentwood $2,160
SPARKS, DEAN D House  District 31 Spring City $2,150
WOOTEN-LEWIS, JOANN D House  District 86 Cordova $2,102
LOVE, JR., ARVIL D House  District 2 Kingsport $1,450
WEISE, BRANDON R House  District 97 Memphis $1,350
DAVIS, JUSTIN D House  District 14 Knoxville $1,300
KERNEY, NEAL R House  District 3 Mountain City $1,300
RICHEY, BRYAN ANDREW R House  District 20 Maryville $1,250
HART, JAMES I House  District 75 Buchanan $1,094
SPANN, HOLLY D House  District 78 Ashland City $823
DECK, ROBYN D House  District 25 Crossville $750
RIDDLE, AMBER D Senate District 4 Kingsport $700
MILLS, GREG I House  District 89 Knoxville $600
BLEDSOE, SAM D House  District 61 Brentwood $500
LINGERFELT, TIM R House  District 4 Erwin $191

 

2 Responses to Winners and losers in the General Assembly’s fundraising sweepstakes

  • I wonder if you broke all the numbers down how much $$ would be from voters in their districts v special interest money??

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    You are right – there is entirely too much money in our politics – and the sad part is that most of it is unknown to the general public. The general public has lost control of our voting systems and thus has lost trust in our elections.

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