Tennessee GOP finds loophole in campaign law

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POLITICAL DONATIONSState parties, elected state officials and political action committees were required last week to file their disclosures for the first half of the year ending June 30.GOP donations* Independent Medicine PAC -- $2,250* Corrections Corp. of America PAC -- $5,000* Tennessee Bankers Association PAC -- $5,000* Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers PAC -- $5,000* RobinsonGreen lobbyists -- $10,000* Miller & Martin lobbying/law firm -- $3,000* Bass Berry & Sims lobbying/law firm -- $3,000* Beer distributor Fred Dettwiller -- $15,000* Physician Ronald McDow -- $15,000Democrat donations* Lawyers Involved for Tennessee PAC -- $3,500* Tennessee Education Association PAC -- $5,000* Olan Mills -- $25,000Source: Financial disclosure forms

NASHVILLE - Special interests and lobbying firms with business before the General Assembly shelled out tens of thousands of dollars this spring at a Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser benefiting state GOP lawmakers despite a ban on in-session fundraising, records show.