NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais outraised GOP challenger Jim Tracy by a two-to-one margin in the first 18 days of July, but Tracy outspent the embattled 4th Congressional District representative by nearly four times as much, disclosures show.
The candidates' pre-primary reports to the Federal Election Commission for July 1-18 also show Tracy, a state senator, made a $50,000 personal loan to his campaign on top of the $21,312 he raised from contributors.
DeJarlais, whose fundraising has trailed Tracy's, raised $41,880.
But Tracy spent heavily during the period, a total of $422,744 with about $326,000 going to On Message Inc. for media buys. Tracy also spent another $48,583 with Majority Strategies for printing and postage for political mailers to voters in the district, which covers all or part of 15 East and Middle Tennessee counties.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...