TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 16, 2018
A campaign finance complaint filed by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s campaign accuses his opponent for the 2nd District U.S. House seat, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock, of using his business to promote his run, Knoxnews reports. The complaint sites “blatantly self-promotional” ads for Matlock’s tire business, including commercials airing on the same stations as his campaign ads, focused on the candidate himself rather than the business. The ads appeared to be timed to not conflict with campaign commercials and even feature the candidate wearing the same clothing, the complaint alleges. Matlock denies the claims and says his campaign followed the law, citing the company’s upcoming 65th anniversary as the reason for the surge in advertisements.