Donor, PAC accused of topping contribution limits

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee health care investor and a political action committee he funded are being investigated by the state board that regulates campaign finances.

Letters from the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance say the panel is looking into whether Andrew Miller of Nashville used the Truth Matters PAC as a conduit to exceed state limits on campaign contributions.

Registry records show that Miller gave $71,000 to the PAC in July and the PAC contributed to 10 legislative campaigns. Eight of the candidates, including three lawmakers, also reported contributions totaling $11,300 from a donor who appears to be Miller.

The investigation, first reported Wednesday by the Kingsport Times-News, could result in fines exceeding the contributions.

Miller also solely funded two federal super PACs that opposed U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

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