Sen. Stacey Campfield fundraiser email violates law

State Sen. Stacey Campfield may have wanted to create a splash Monday afternoon when he announced a fundraiser with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, but he didn't wind up getting the attention he intended.

Campfield, a Knoxville Republican and black sheep of the GOP delegation, blasted out an email message shortly before 4 p.m. Central touting a Oct. 22 event at DeSano's Pizza Bakery in Nashville. What should have been the most noteworthy element was the fact that Ramsey, the Senate leader, was named as the event's co-host, implicitly signaling that Campfield remains in the Republican fold despite his cantankerous ways.

"Although raising money is not amongst my favorite campaign activities, being adequately funded is necessary for a successful campaign," Campfield wrote above a link to his campaign website. "Your support of this effort will go a long way in achieving this critical goal."

There was just one little problem with the email: Campfield sent it from his legislative account, an apparent violation of state campaign finance law. And the misstep comes a week after one of Campfield's aides was fired for working in Knoxville when he was supposed to be in Nashville.

Campfield owned up to the email mistake quickly. Thirteen minutes after his original message went out, he sent a follow up message asking recipients, "Please disregard the previous email. It went out on my wrong account."

It's not clear yet whether there will be consequences from this slip-up. But history shows that with Campfield, little is disregarded.


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