Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; October 31, 2014:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Republican Party today filed a formal complaint with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming due to the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball’s illegal raffle the campaign alerted supporters to yesterday.
“All donations made to support Gordon Ball in the next 24 hours will be entered to win” reads the campaign email.
According to the Tennessee Code, “only a qualified 501(c)(3) organization that has submitted an application to the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming, and that has been approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, can hold a raffle.” Additionally, Gordon Ball’s campaign raffle is not shown on the approved list of events on the Secretary of State’s website.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney remarked, “Once again, Gordon Ball is trying to skirt the rules the rest of us abide by — first it was by failing to pay tens-of-thousands of dollars in fees and taxes, and now it’s with this illegal raffle. We’ve filed the appropriate complaint with the State of Tennessee to stop the illegal event in question. Who knows? He probably got the idea from another Democrat and decided to copy and paste it here. But Tennessee’s laws don’t work that way. His campaign will soon be over thanks to Tennessee voters who have grown tired of his continual efforts to distract from his liberal record and questionable personal history.”
The TNGOP’s letter, complaint, and accompanying documentation may be viewed here.