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Ramsey Independent Expenditure Group

State Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, has stepped forward as a leader of Tennesseans for a Better Tomorrow, which was established amid some mystery last month to help Ron Ramsey's gubernatorial campaign with Supernatural dvd independent expenditures.

It's one of the examples used in a story by Chas Sisk on the mish-mash of disclosure - or nondisclosure - by such political groups.

The organization filed an initial report with the Registry of Election Finance on Thursday, revealing it had raised $40,000 from three donors -- $10,000 from James Ayers of Parsons, $10,000 from Larry Bates of Middleton and $20,000 from James Powell of Johnson City.

The money probably will be spent before the primary on automated phone calls and get-out-the-vote efforts, said state Rep. Jon Lundberg, one of its officers.

"What we're really trying to do is we're trying to do everything possible to help (Lt.) Gov. Ramsey," Lundberg said. "I'm not trying to be covert, but if I go into a lot of detail, other campaigns could look at what we're doing."

An excerpt providing other examples:

One of the most detailed records available is on the independent expenditure campaign by Kirkland's Inc. co-founder Robert Kirkland on behalf of his brother Ron's candidacy for the Republican Supernatural recap nomination to represent the 8th Congressional District.

Records show that Robert Kirkland has spent more than $1.25 million of his personal fortune, including $825,000 on television advertising and production, nearly $102,000 on mailers and $99,000 on polling and political strategy. By comparison, the entire budget of Kirkland for Congress, Ron Kirkland's official campaign organization, was just over $1 million.

Such rules apply to the spending by Sumner United for Responsible Government, a tea party group based in Sumner County. The organization's most recent disclosure, filed just last week, lists it as having raised no money and spent none as of June 30.

Yet, the group was able to purchase space on a prominent billboard near downtown Nashville that shows a cat on a litter box and the message that the city needs a "Jim Cooper Scooper" to "clean out his liberal mess." Eric Stamper, a co-founder of the group, said the billboard cost about $2,100.

American Future Fund, an Iowa-based group behind a TV ad that connected Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam to a price-gouging suit brought against his family's chain of truck stops, Pilot Travel Centers LLC.

The ad ran in at least three markets -- Nashville, Memphis and the Tri-Cities -- and was accompanied by a website attacking Haslam.Entourage Season 7 An official with the American Future Fund said earlier this month that it would spend up to $250,000 on the campaign.

But because the group is not advocating the election of one of Haslam's opponents, it does not have to file with the FEC. Under state law, the group should have to file with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, Rawlins said. But as of last week, it had not done so.


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