Report: Mega donors likely propelled Scott DesJarlais win

Report: Mega donors likely propelled Scott DesJarlais win

May 18th, 2015 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Politics Republicans

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and his wife, Amy, second from right, are cheered Thursday in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and his wife,...

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais isn't exactly the most prolific fundraiser in Tennessee, much less in all of Congress.

But he's apparently got a knack for squeezing money out of wealthy donors.

The South Pittsburg Republican raised just $684,000 for his re-election last year in a campaign so brutal he won the August primary by just 38 votes. But nearly a quarter of his campaign stash came from an elite group of rich benefactors,¬†according to a new report¬†that tracked contributions by mega donors — or, as the report labels them, "the 1 percent of the 1 percent."

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