TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 18, 2015

John Avery Emison, who headed the No on 2 Committee that opposed passage of Amendment 2 to the state constitution, has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance alleging “inadequate disclosure” by the Vote Yes on 2 Committee, Knoxnews reports. Emison is questioning more than $1.2 million given to the committee by the Tennessee Business Partnership (TBPC), a nonprofit advocacy corporation set up last year. The complaint notes that Yes on 2 and the TBPC have the same address and the same Nashville attorney as the registered agent. “Due to these associations … no meaningful disclosure of the source of the $1,225,000 has ever been made,” the complaint alleges. Emison is asking the election group to audit both organizations. John Crisp, spokesman for the Tennessee Business Partnership and Yes on 2, says the complaint has no legal merit but pledged to respond to any questions from the registry. Humphrey on the Hill has more.