Campaign filings show Jones, Sexton hold over $1 million in cash

Contributed photos / Rep. Justin Jones, left, and House Speaker Cameron Sexton.
Contributed photos / Rep. Justin Jones, left, and House Speaker Cameron Sexton.

Heading into the 2024 state election season, only two lawmakers hold over $1 million combined in their campaign and PAC accounts.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, leads the way with $1.3 million combined in his campaign account and political action committee, Cam PAC.

Rep. Justin Jones has just over $1 million in his campaign account. As of Feb. 1, the Nashville Democrat who raised most of his money following his expulsion in April, hasn't formed a PAC.

Senate speaker Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, aren't far behind Jones.

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McNally has around $953,000 in his campaign and political action committee (McPAC) accounts, while Yager has over $962,000 in his accounts. Yager's political action committee is called KeyPAC.

The latest cash reports come from campaign finance reports due at the end of January covering the last six months.

This is last report due from lawmakers and political action committees before the 2024 legislative session and the beginning of state elections later this year.

Republican caucuses in both the House and Senate report a significant advantage over the Democratic caucus.

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Education PACs reload

Several pro-charter and voucher groups moved large chunks of money into affiliated PACs in anticipation of the upcoming legislative debate over school vouchers and the 2024 election season.

— Tennesseans for Students donated $215,000 to Team Kid PAC.

— Campaign for Great Public Schools donated $135,000 to Excellence in Public Education PAC.

— TennesseeCan donated $61,500 to Tennesseans for Putting Students First.


The top 10 donors to lawmakers since July 1

The latest campaign finance reporting period covers July 1 to Jan. 15, and the following covers donations to lawmakers of both political parties.

— Tennessee Realtors: $220,500.

— Wine Spirits and Wholesalers of Tennessee: $217,000.

— HCA Healthcare: $192,000.

— Build Tennessee PAC: $186,000.

— Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC: $150,000.

— Tennessee Banks Association: $149,300.

— Tennessee Hospital Association: $147,740.

— Advance Financial: $136,500.

— BlueCross BlueShield: $130,000.

Source: Campaign finance reports

Cash on hand as of Feb. 1

— House Republicans: $744,378.

— House Democrats: $411,065.

— Senate Republicans: $1,085,857.

— Senate Democrats: $147,662.


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