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Rep. Holt pledges to amend incorrect campaign finance disclosures

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Rep. Andy Holt (Source: TN.gov) Rep. Andy Holt (Source: TN.gov)
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The campaign for Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, is in full swing. Yet his campaign finance paperwork shows he’s received zero contributions since July.

It’s almost impossible to know who has given Holt money over the past three months based on incomplete disclosures filed with the state.

Holt acknowledged the reports do not reflect reality.

“Yeah, those reports do need to be amended,” Holt said in a phone interview Friday.

In September, Holt posted a picture on Facebook of a $1,000 check he received from the NRA’s political action committee.

That check was not reported. In fact, nothing was. Holt reported zero contributions and expenditures for his third quarter and pre-general disclosures.

But that wasn’t the only thing missing.

On Facebook, Holt advertised a campaign cookout tour that traveled to 11 different cities in the month of October.

Any expenses or donations tied to those events should have been reported, under campaign finance law.

Gerard Stranch, an attorney who has worked several cases involving campaign finance, said what we don’t see should concern voters and the Registry of Election Finance.

“It would be a political anomaly for someone with an opponent to go that many months without a single contribution,” Stranch said.

Candidates can amend their reports in the case of minor errors, such as incorrect addresses, according to Drew Rawlins, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Campaign Finance and Ethics.

But Rawlins said Holt’s excuse was “not reasonable.” Stranch agreed.

“The people have a right to know whose interests the legislative members are protecting, and it’s the people who are donating money to them, quite frankly,” Stranch said.

Holt said he’ll amend his forms this weekend, although he couldn’t say how much money should actually be reflected on his disclosures.

“I’m just a one-man show,” Holt said. “This is a busy time of year right now and unfortunately, I’ll have to go back and make those amendments as quickly as I possibly can.”

“Would you characterize this as a mishap or a mistake?” asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“The way I would characterize it is I'm going to make the amendments the way I have the ability to do that and make sure they're as accurate as accurately possible," Holt said.

Rawlins would not say whether the Registry plans to take action against Holt.

Holt is running against Democrat Angela Callis and Independent Bennie Castleman in District 76.

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