NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign finance complaint is questioning how a Republican hopeful for governor is getting political help from his businesses, among other concerns about how he’s raising money.
The complaint filed Thursday with Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance claims Bill Lee is using his businesses to supplement his campaign without disclosure and beyond limits, including through Lee Company TV ads that feature him. Lee heads Lee Company, which provides services ranging from construction to plumbing.
There have been several campaign finance complaints filed so far in a testy GOP primary for governor, and the registry already decided against pursuing ones that targeted U.S. Rep. Diane Black and state House Speaker Beth Harwell. Businessman Randy Boyd rounds out the field of Republican front-runners.
The Lee campaign took the complaint as a positive sign.
“This is nonsense, clearly the other campaigns are seeing…