published Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Political giving plunges in Tennessee

50 percent drop could indicate lower interest in presidential candidates

WASHINGTON — If fundraising numbers are any indication, Tennesseans are about half as excited about the field of presidential candidates this year as they were in 2008.

Tennessee contributions to presidential candidates reached $3.65 million by the end of March, down from $7.3 million at the same time four years ago, according to a Tennessean Washington Bureau analysis of campaign finance data.

The donations to candidates don’t include money flowing to various super PACs, which are largely pulling funds from bigger states and swing states.

Read more at the Tennessean.

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