Frist, Woodson and SCORE linked to Governor’s war on Conservatives.
RTP researchers have found that over 1/3 of the money used by the governor and his friends in the unprecedented effort to defeat Republican legislators who disagreed with him came from just three contributors and/or their families. Those three individuals also just happen to sit on the board of directors of S.C.O.R.E.
Available reports released thus far show that the three contributed $40,000 in last-minute money to the Washington, DC-based Advance Tennessee PAC just days before the primary. Advance Tennessee spent at least $137,000 in direct mail, radio and TV against 8 GOP legislators who had stood their ground and voted against Haslam’s plan to force Common Core onto Tennessee public schools.
SCORE board member Orrin Ingram and his brother John contributed a total of $20,000. Ingram publishing, and its subsidiary, Ingram Content Group, stand to rake in in millions in profits from the sale of expensive new textbooks and content that are “aligned” with the new Common Core standards.
But the strong-arm tactics and cronies’ money used by the governor and Cate were a failure. Six of the eight targetted legislators won re-election. And the two “pick-ups” by the governor were off set by the defeat of two of the governor’s incumbent allies. So the net effect of the $150,000+ expenditure netted exactly…. zero. It did however, galvanize members of the governor’s own party who are now hell-bent on opposing the governor at every opportunity, Talk about your law of unintended consequences.
Oh, and RTP wants to make sure to mention Brian Kaegi in this post. Kaegi was paid thousands by Advance Tennessee for creating mailers that attacked Republican incumbent legislators. We mention Brian here not just because he is relevant to the subject at hand, but because it really ticks him off whenever we mention him.