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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 24, 2014

A group opposing the retention of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices is refusing to say where it is getting its money, News Channel 5 reports. Tennesseans for Judicial Accountability claims to be a non-partisan, non-profit organization but may be “the first hint of so-called ‘dark money’ in the battle for the state's high court,” the report suggests. A spokesperson for the group says it was intentionally set up as a "social welfare organization," which means it does not have to disclose its donors. The report also questions the group’s direct call to replace the justices and its attack on “Democratic” elements supporting the justices given its status as a 501(c)(4) organization. A founder of the group denies they are advocating for specific candidates, though a recent press release says Tennesseans “should vote to replace them in August.”