Rep. Bob Ramsey had to clarify an email sent from his account to his colleagues...because it was a lobbyist who sent it:
Haskell, a veteran contract lobbyist at the Legislature, has among his clients this year RYO Machine, LLC, a manufacturer of roll-your-own cigarette machines. He, Ramsey and Brown said Tuesday in separate interviews that Haskell stopped by Ramsey's office Monday afternoon and the following ensued:
Haskell told Brown that he wanted to send an email to legislators, having forgotten to do so earlier and, according to Haskell, "she offered to save me from going back to the office." The lobbyist sat down, typed out a message that said:
"This is a brief position paper in opposition to HB1054 by McDaniel. This bill is intended to raise taxes to an extent that it puts a number of Tennessee businesses out of business, costing state (sic) the taxes they now pay and ending employment for several hundred Tennesseans. We appreciate your joining us in opposing it."
The "position paper," a critique of the bill written by opponents, was provided as an attachment. To legislators receiving the email, it arrived showing as sent by "Bob Ramsey" to "House members" with a subject line "FW: One-pager for all members."
- ALEX B FRUIN INHERITANCE TRUST; CANDACE F STEFANSIC INHERITANCE TRUST; CANDANCE F STEFANSIC INHERITANCE TRUST; FRUIN, ALEX B TRUSTEE; FRUIN ALEX B INHERITANCE TRUST; STEFANSIC, CANDACE F TRUSTEE; STEFANSIC CANDACE F INHERITANCE TRUST; STEFANSIC CANDANCE F INHERITANCE TRUST
- ROSS, BRIDGETT D
- COOKE, ETHEN LANYARD TRUSTEE; COOKE, ETHEN LEWIS ESTATE
- JACOBS, JESSICA ALEXANDRA; JACOBS, ERIKA BESS