This Office was recently asked what fundraising restrictions, if any, would exist for General Assembly members, caucus political campaign committees (“PACs”) and leadership PACs (PACs established or controlled by a member of the General Assembly) under Tennessee’s campaign finance statutes if the General Assembly were to meet in a special session in August 2020. T.C.A. § 2-10-310(a)(1) & (b) specifically prohibits fundraising by General Assembly members, as well as caucus and leadership PACs, “from the convening of the general assembly in any extraordinary (i.e. special) session through the conclusion of such extraordinary session.” Furthermore, per the restriction on employers of lobbyists and PACs controlled by employers of lobbyists under T.C.A. 3-6-304(i), under this statute those entities cannot make contributions to “a candidate for the office of governor or member of the general assembly during any regular annual session or any extraordinary session of the general assembly.” Please contact our Office if you have any further questions regarding this matter.
TN Ethics Commission
The Tennessee Ethics Commission was created in an effort to sustain the public's confidence in government by increasing the integrity and transparency of state and local government through the regulation of lobbying activities, financial disclosure requirements and ethical conduct.
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TN Registry of Election Finance
The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance was created by the General Assembly in 1989 as an independent entity of state government. (T.C.A. §2-10-201, et seq.) The agency is responsible for the enforcement of the following laws:
Campaign Financial Disclosure Act (T.C.A. §2-10-101, et seq.)
Campaign Contribution Limits Act (T.C.A. §2-10-301, et seq.)
Gubernatorial Inauguration Finance Disclosure Act (T.C.A. §2-10-401, et seq.)
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