TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 12, 2021

Three Tennessee lawmakers at the center of an FBI investigation have collectively spent $182,794 in campaign money with three little-known companies in recent months, the Tennessean reports. The FBI raided the homes and offices of former House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson and Rep. Todd Warner, R-Chapel Hill last week, but have not released further details on the probe. Two of the companies the lawmakers hired, Bullet Proof Research, Dixieland Strategies, have no online presence and are not registered with the Secretary of State. An array of Republican lawmakers have paid a third company, Phoenix Solutions, for mail services. In several of those instances, lawmakers said it was Smith who coordinated with the company after they had hired her to help with their campaigns. An anonymous source told the Tennessean that Casada’s former aid, Cade Cothren, is the owner of Phoenix Solutions. Cothren’s home was also raided by FBI agents last week. Cothren resigned from his position in 2019 after admitting to cocaine use in his legislative office, sending racist text messages, harassing interns and more.