2 big GOP donors seek officer posts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Records show two men seeking election to constitutional officer positions by the Legislature's new Republican majority have given more than $100,000 each to GOP candidates and causes.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Justin Wilson, a former deputy governor seeking the comptroller post, has made contributions totaling $127,790, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state Registry of Election Finance and the Federal Election Commission.

Ira Brody, an investment banker seeking election as state treasurer, has made contributions of $111,188. His wife, Sarah, gave another $41,200 to GOP political causes.

The General Assembly will elect the three constitutional officers when the legislative session begins Jan. 13. The coming session will be the first since 1869 in which Republicans have held a majority in both the House and Senate.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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