English First Could File Financial Disclosure After Election Day without Penalty

The group advocating to make English the only language used in Metro Government will wait until after Election Day to reveal its financial backers, likely without penalty.

The Metro Election Commission sent Nashville English First a certified letter last Friday notifying the group it had not met the deadline of January 15th to file a financial disclosure.

Drew Rawlins of the state’s Registry of Election Finance says the English First group has a five day grace period that doesn’t begin until the commission gets a receipt that the letter was delivered.

“If they go past that five day period, then penalties may be assessed of up to 25 dollars a day.”

But that falls after Election Day. Metro Councilman Eric Crafton says he could have filed the disclosure by now, but he wants to let the emotions surrounding the vote die down first. He fears a backlash toward his financial supporters, some of whom have been out-of-state groups. Crafton says Nashville English First raised as much as $70,000 — meaning the opposition, Nashville for All of Us, outraised the group by four times.

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