campaign finance

Gerald McCormick and Beth Harwell
TN Photo Services

Tennessee lawmakers may soon be required to disclose when they travel on someone else's dime.

The measure comes after advocates footed the bill for some legislators to go to Florida, North Carolina and even Europe.

courtesy Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International

A prominent minister in Nashville has formed a political action committee aimed at voter turnout among millennials and minorities. Bishop Joseph Walker of Mount Zion Baptist Church says he's trying to harness current anger about police violence.

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An unusual candidate is running for Congress in East Tennessee. Allan Levene wants to upset Rep. Chuck Fleishmann in the Aug. 4 Republican primary.

The catch? Levene lives in Georgia.

And that's not even the most unusual aspect of his campaign.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Former Tennessee Congressman John Tanner is joining an effort to rein in "dark money" in politics.

The Democratic lawmaker says he's joining a group of about 75 former members of Congress that will try to change the rules for funding federal campaigns. Tanner says super PACs funded by anonymous donors are unraveling the fabric of American democracy.

"A man gives you $20 million, $25 million, it's human nature … to be appreciative to the point that it's unhealthy in your public management of your affairs," Tanner says.

Emily Siner / WPLN

The Nashville mayoral hopefuls had to turn in a form this week to the state that often gets little attention. The statement of interest, as it's called, requires elected officials and candidates to list where they get their income.

The disclosure forms mentioned, for example, that Megan Barry’s spouse works for Vanderbilt. Linda Rebrovick has invested at least $10,000 or has a 5 percent ownership stake in 48 companies; Bill Freeman has in 45 companies.