Harwell: Senate decided to end joint GOP fundraising

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:18am

After a tumultuous end of this year’s legislative session with both GOP speakers butting heads, House Speaker Beth Harwell said the Senate has decided to end joint fundraising efforts for Republicans in the two chambers.

The decision to halt fundraising for the House and Senate’s “Tennessee Republican Caucus” political fundraising account, as first reported by the Tennessee Journal, serves as evidence of a shift among GOP members who rule the legislature with supermajorities.

"The Senate made a decision to end the joint fundraising efforts. That decision is fine with the House,” Harwell said in a statement to The City Paper late Friday. “I have a good working relationship with the lieutenant governor and all members of the state Senate and look forward to working with them on other projects."

As of Dec. 31, 2012, the “Tennessee Republican Caucus” account held $123,720.

This year’s legislative session, which ended last month, resulted in key bills from both Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey falling victim to political posturing in the final hours before adjournment.

The House and Senate speakers, who in past years have joined the governor in a post-session press conference, sent proxies instead. A spokeswoman in Harwell’s office did not answer questions as to whether the two speakers have spoken since the legislature’s adjournment, however Harwell told reporters last week she had not yet spoken to Ramsey. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 5/6/13 at 9:07

People are tired of donating to this joint ventures which gives them no control
over their donations. Both houses have members the public wishes to donate
to and many others may want their donations going to primary candidate they
wish to support versus an incumbent. While party donations are important,
giving to the individual candidate one most supports is important as well.

By: Rocket99 on 5/6/13 at 11:17

And the crack grows even bigger.

By: Rocket99 on 5/6/13 at 11:19

If I make donations for political reasons, they go to the specific person, not some big, out of control entity like the state or national organization.

By: Badbob on 5/7/13 at 6:06

I support 100% the reicht wing of the party to brown nose the NRA, religious fanatics and conspiracy fear mongers. The question is, when will the other 85% of the country say "enough is enough" and Beth Harwell can be the moderate she really wants to be.