The leader of a group that supports redeveloping the Tennessee State Fairgrounds has filed a complaint with the Davidson County Election Commission, alleging a pro-fairgrounds newspaper advertisement did not properly disclose who paid for it.
The ad, which ran in the Tuesday edition of the Tennessean, tells readers to vote for ratification of a Metro Charter amendment that would keep the status quo at the 117-acre fairgrounds. It also urges readers to vote for at-large candidates Sam Coleman, Eric Crafton, Tim Garrett, Ken Jakes and Charlie Tygard.
Election Day is Thursday.
But Colby Sledge, who chairs the group Neighbors for Progress, alerted the election commission that the ad does not reveal who is behind the purchase. Under state law, failure to clearly identify who paid for such campaign material is a Class C misdemeanor.
“I request that your office take the appropriate steps to ensure that the law is properly followed, and that any further investigation of this matter be submitted to the appropriate authorities,” Sledge wrote in the complaint.
Joan Nixon, the commission’s deputy elections administrator, confirmed she received the complaint. She said she would present the matter to the five-member commission, which would then decide whether to direct the complaint to the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office.