published Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Tennessee officials to eye complaint filed against Sen. Jim Tracy over pancake breakfast

NASHVILLE — The state Registry of Election Finance will consider a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast he held last year for constituents.

The Tennessean reports the issue will be taken up in January.

Shelbyville resident James R. Moore said in the complaint that he believes Tracy may have violated campaign finance reporting procedures by having the event shortly before launching a bid for Congress.

The event on Dec. 22, 2012, was billed as an opportunity to meet the Republican from Shelbyville and make a donation to Toys for Tots.

"I am requesting that the Registry of Election Finance investigate the facts, as I see them, to determine if campaign finance violations have occurred," Moore said in the complaint.

Tracy denied the allegations.

"It is sad that a Congressman DesJarlais supporter would use an event dedicated to providing Christmas presents for needy children as means to launch a baseless and frivolous attack on my campaign," he said. "I am in complete compliance with all campaign regulations and hope the Christmas Grinch's complaint draws a lot of attention to this year's event so that we can brighten the Christmas of many more children."

He said a similar pancake breakfast and toy drive is planned on Saturday.

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