NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (WTVF) – Shady groups working behind the scenes to settle Republican results – playing with money that can’t be traced.
This situation first set out by NewsChannel 5 investigates seems to be running the latest FBI investigation into Capitol Hill corruption.
On Friday, FBI agents withdrew boxes of evidence from Capitol Hill in Tennessee. Included in that evidence, NewsChannel 5 learned that computers and other materials were potentially associated with a group of grim campaign companies.
It was part of a series of early morning raids that began at Franklin̵
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Also targeted: two former Casada aides, along with Republican Representative Robin Smith of Hamilton County and newly elected Representative Todd Warner of Marshall County.
Last summer, NewsChannel 5 revealed for the first time how the funds for the attack, directed at Rick Tillis of Lewisberg, were sent by a shady group, the Faith Family Freedom Fund, which claims it did not raise or spend money.
We found that the postal license number used for one of these postal services was the same as the one used by Todd Warner … who went on to beat Tillis in the Republican primary.
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“A lot of unaccounted money flowed into this race,” said Eric Schelzig, editor of the Tennessee newspaper, a respected political bulletin. “No one really knows where it came from and who spent it.”
Following the NewsChannel 5 report, Schelzig delved into the finances behind this shady campaign to overthrow Tillis, whom Glenn Casada had targeted for defeat.
Casada backed Warner, who spent more than $ 120,000 of his own money, much to the surprise of many there, as he had just filed for federal bankruptcy a few years ago as he was unable to pay $ 20 million in debt, “Shelzig noted.
This postal license number led to a little-known company called Phoenix Solutions in New Mexico. Phoenix Solutions works for a number of Republican candidates.
“Phoenix Solutions is a new player on the stage in Tennessee politics, and here he is contacting Representative Robin Smith, who has been insisting on using this provider since coming to the legislature,” the Tennessee newspaper editor added.
After the NewsChannel 5 investigation led to Casada’s resignation as a speaker in the summer of 2019, an audit of his campaign’s finances revealed about $ 100,000 in expenses for which he had no revenue.
And NewsChannel 5 is investigating allegations of alleged bribery, which Casada offered to hand over school vouchers, were revealed – a claim he denied.
Here is this investigation.
“It seems that once they start lifting, peeling onions back,” Shelzig said, “you’ll find a lot of items to take a closer look at – a lot of shadow fundraising and activities that don’t appear above the board of the first redness. “
As for the representative of Kent Kalfi, the Roan County Republican, whose office was attacked, Capitol sources told NewsChannel 5 that the focus is on his assistant, not on him. The assistant’s daughter is dating former Cassada chief of staff, Cade Cotren.
Todd Warner’s lawyer also sent the following statement:
“Rep. Todd Warner is a successful little businessman, farmer and lawmaker as a freshman. Rep. Warner and his family were shocked by the events of Friday morning, Jan. 8. Federal agents stormed the home and business of the Republic of Warner in Marshall County in search of orders. , the contents of which remain shrouded in mystery by the government.It is important that Representative Warner is not charged with any wrongdoing.
“Representative Warner can assure the citizens of his area that he has not broken any laws and welcomes any investigation.
“Warner’s representative’s goal now is to serve all citizens in his area, whether they voted for him or not, and he looks forward to taking the oath on Tuesday, January 12.”