Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais outraises Jim Tracy in early July, but Tracy spends more

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais outraises Jim Tracy in early July, but Tracy spends more

July 28th, 2014 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Jim Tracy on left, Scott DesJarlais on right

Jim Tracy on left, Scott DesJarlais on right

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

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.