WAAYTV.com Associated Press
May 21, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal described by the House sponsor as a “radical departure” from Tennessee’s current campaign finance laws is raising bipartisan concerns.

Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says his propsal to remove all individiual contribution limits for gubernatorial campaigns would give every candidate the same fundraising potential as wealthy candidates.

But Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says he’s not comfortable with removing the caps entirely. The Collierville Republican says he prefers an effort to tie contribution limits to inflation.

And House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says his members “have a whole lot of problems with that.”

McCormick acknowledges the proposasl faces “an uphill climb,” but says he hopes it will gather support.

Read HB0198 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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