Tom Ingram faces heat over lobbying pay

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - A legendary Tennessee political consultant, currently paid out of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's own pocket for his advice, is under fire for his and his firm's other paid role in lobbying the administration and state agencies.

Tom Ingram was the mastermind behind Haslam's successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign and since has been paid undisclosed sums by the governor personally for his political and strategic advice on state issues.

Shortly before the Haslam campaign started, Ingram left U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's office where he served as the Tennessee Republican's chief of staff.

At the same time, he rejoined the Ingram Group, the communications and lobby firm he started 30 years ago after leaving then-Gov.