Judge Reduces Durham’s Campaign Finance Penalty

Administrative Law Judge Steve Darnell on Friday called for the state Registry of Election Finance to reduce the fine it imposed on expelled lawmaker Jeremy Durham after reviewing the registry’s actions and the fine it imposed in 2017. Darnell ruled that the $465,000 fine should be reduced to $110,000, the Tennessean reports. He also found that the registry failed to prove that Durham spent campaign money inappropriately on a number of expenses and that some of those expenses (e.g., investments, sunglasses, dry cleaning, a handgun carry permit and continuing education fees) were not at the time or are still not explicitly prohibited by state campaign finance law.

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