UNICOI COUNTY DEMOCRATS: Party questions official’s use of taxpayer money

record-logo-hdErwin (July 27th)– Local Democrats are questioning State Senator Rusty Crowe for transferring Tennessee taxpayer communication funds to Nashville Senator Steve Dickerson in the run up to the August Primary election, according to a press release from the Unicoi County Democratic Party.

“Our Republican State Senator Crowe has unethically funneled taxpayer money to his pal, Senator Steve Dickerson, to use for his re-election campaign,” said Mike Hampton, chair of the Unicoi County Democratic Party.

State law provides legislators with an annual budget for sending mail and using other methods to communicate with their constituents. While the practice of transferring these funds between members is no longer allowed in the House, Lt. Governor Ramsey has allowed, what the press release referred to as “the unethical practice” continues in the Senate. Many good government groups and several Republican legislators have tried to end the practice all together but have yet to succeed.

“Senator Crowe took taxpayer money meant for use communicating with his constituents here in Unicoi County, and instead he gave it away to Sen. Dickerson in Nashville so he can promote himself to voters in his re-election bid,” Hampton continued. “It looks like Senator Crowe feels protecting his political allies in Nashville is more important than letting his constituents know what he’s been doing to make life better for the folks here at home. This Republican culture of unethical behavior is disturbing; sadly their loyalty lies with Lobbyists and special interest and not with the people of Tennessee.”




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