State senator sends out 12-page brochure with taxpayer money - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

State senator sends out 12-page brochure with taxpayer money

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

State senators are given a little more than $6,000 a year to keep their constituents informed.

They can have telephone town halls, send out surveys, buy lapel pins and even send out a legislative update, but sending out campaign promotional literature has to come out of their campaign fund.

In a hotly contested election, state Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson sent out a brochure.

"There's no legislation in play right now. And you wonder what vital information are we getting to the voters? Well, the vital information we're getting is the same thing that a typical campaign piece would get to the voters. It's really hard to distinguish here and really hard to make the case that this is vital constituent communication and not a campaign piece," said Ben Cunningham with Tennessee Tax Revolt.

Tax watchdogs say this should have come out of Summerville's own funds, but there's a problem: the brochure costs $20,000. The Summerville war chest holds $1,200.

"This is pretty clearly a promotional piece of literature that other candidates are spending a lot of money from their own campaign accounts to produce and send," Cunningham said.

Summerville said he was too busy to do an interview, so he emailed Channel 4 a statement.

An excerpt: "As you know, year-end reports are pretty commonly done by legislators who want to update the citizens in their districts about legislation or new laws that affect them at the end of the session. The piece was in the appropriate form and complied with all the rules and regulations set by the Senate."

This is Summerville's first eve 12-page summary report.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • State senator sends out 12-page brochure with taxpayer moneyMore>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

    Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:43 AM EST2018-02-21 06:43:29 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:06 AM EST2018-02-22 05:06:07 GMT

    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't...

    More >>

    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change law now.

    More >>
  • NRA spokesperson faces questions from FL shooting students, families

    NRA spokesperson faces questions from FL shooting students, families

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:14 PM EST2018-02-22 04:14:46 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-02-22 05:05:53 GMT
    Second Amendment supporter Dana Loesch spoke with students and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at a CNN town hall on Wednesday, as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sat near. (Source: CNN)Second Amendment supporter Dana Loesch spoke with students and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at a CNN town hall on Wednesday, as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sat near. (Source: CNN)

    Dana Loesch, a vocal Second Amendment supporter, took questions from the students and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.

    More >>

    Dana Loesch, a vocal Second Amendment supporter, took questions from the students and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.

    More >>
  • David Wise defends title, US gets third gold halfpipe gold

    David Wise defends title, US gets third gold halfpipe gold

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:26 PM EST2018-02-22 04:26:51 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-02-22 05:05:20 GMT

    It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come from snowboard and freestyle skiing events.

    More >>

    It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come from snowboard and freestyle skiing events.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly