AG candidates and their campaign contributions

We have a breakdown of whom the attorney general candidates have given their money to in the last 14 years.

Sep 12, 2014 1:45 PM

Ramsey explains why he's plugging money into Supreme Court fight

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey plugged $425,000 into a group rallying to unseat three of the Supreme Court's Democratic appointments after three months ago saying he would limit his involvement to spreading the word, not spending money.

He sent this letter to supporters early this morning explaining why he changed his mind. The message came from his "Ron Ramsey for Tennessee" political operations, although it lists his legislative office address and phone number at the bottom. 

Vote Replace: A conservative cause

Dear Friend,

If you’ve been following the state Supreme Court election, you know that for the first time in decades, Tennesseans are learning about our Supreme Court through the constitutionally-required election process.

You may remember that I began an educational effort to make sure that voters, victims-rights advocates and members of law enforcement knew an important election approached. My goal was to have an engaged and informed electorate so the retention ballot would be a real election rather than a coronation, as in years past.

At that time we knew, based on decisions the Court had made, that their judicial philosophy did not fit the values of most Tennesseans. I believed my role would be limited to raising awareness about the importance of Supreme Court elections.

Today, we know far more about our Supreme Court. Despite asserting that they are nonpartisan, their campaign team is made up entirely of Democrats - and not just any Democrats. Liberal Democrats with direct ties to Obama, Harold Ford Jr., and state Democrat Party chairman Roy Herron.

While their campaign is run by Obama liberals, their fundraising efforts are being executed by trial lawyers who have a vested personal interest in the outcomes of Supreme Court decisions.

The Tennessee Forum, an organization started to oppose Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and fight a state income tax, is doing exceptional work on this replacement effort. They share the same conservative principles and mission as RAAMPAC, the organization I started over a decade ago to push the legislature in a more conservative direction.

RAAMPAC has always been about more than just obtaining numerical majorities -- it has been about promoting the conservative cause. I cannot in good conscience sit on the sidelines while Obama operatives distort the record of this liberal Supreme Court and attack the reputations of those who oppose them.

My cause is the conservative cause. And the place for conservatives to be is fully behind the effort to replace a Supreme Court that is out-of-touch and out-of-line with Tennessee values.

That is where I am. If you have already voted REPLACE, thank you. If not, I hope you will join me in voting to REPLACE Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade.


Ronald L. Ramsey
Lieutenant Governor
Speaker of the Senate

1 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN  37243
(615) 741-4524

Aug 1, 2014 1:48 PM

Ramsey gives $425K to anti-Supremes effort, justices top $1M in fundraising

Money race intensifies in battle over the bench
Aug 1, 2014 1:28 PM

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gave Extensively To Republicans

It would appear that the Tennessee Democratic Party's new treasurer is not the only Democrat of note with a history of contributing money to both Democratic and Republican causes. Post Politics has learned that Ward Cammack, one of two Democrats actively campaigning to succeed Governor Phil Bredesen in 2010, has given to a myriad of Tennessee Republican candidates starting in 1979 with a donation to Senator Howard Baker's 1980 Presidential run. While Cammack has supported Congressman Jim Cooper with financial donations steadily throughout his career, a large majority of his donations have gone to Tennessee Republican candidates for federal office. In 1994, the year of the Republican Revolution, Cammack gave extensively to both Bill Frist and Fred Thompson who were victorious in grabbing both of Tennessee's U.S. Senate seats that year. Cammack also gave heavily to Lamar Alexander contributing to both his Presidential run in 1996 as well as his initial 2002 Senate run. In 2008, Cammack gave heavily to Alexander's opponent Bob Tuke. Cammack's most recent Republican donation was in late 2005 when he contributed $500 to Bob Corker's 2006 Senate primary campaign though Cammack tells Post Politics he ultimately voted for Corker's opponent Harold Ford, Jr. In discussing his party shift, Cammack cannot point to any "Road to Damacus" moment but admits that he is "clearly a convert" to the Democratic cause and credits the Bush years for his shift in worldview. "Everything has changed. A lot of things people thought they had to protect, be it money or a set of so-called moral beliefs, have proved illusory," Cammack explains. "All we really have is each other." Cammack, whose first Democratic vote for President was cast last fall for Barack Obama, said it was the exclusionary tactics of the GOP which led him to begin to question the staunch Republicanism he had learned as a child. "Eventually you just have to ask: What is this all about? Why are we marginalizing people like this?" Cammack explains. When asked whether he could pinpoint whether it was Republican policies on social issues, economic issues or foreign policy that ultimate let to his conversion, Cammack was unequivocal. "All of the above," replied Cammack. Cammack does expect that some may be skeptical of his political past but insists that the Democratic Party is a "very comfortable skin for him." "Yes, I have given [money] to Republicans in the past and I have voted for Republicans in the past. I have never tried to hide that," Cammack says. "But if you ask me if I believe in the Democratic Party, the answer is yes. Yes, I do." SEE ALSO: The Rotunda asks: "[I]s there a prominent Democrat expanding the tent of the party to reach the affluent white guys like Ward Cammack and Bill Freeman?"
Feb 23, 2009 8:09 AM