Incumbent GOP state Rep. Tony Shipley
KINGSPORT - Incumbent GOP state Rep. Tony Shipley has a huge fundraising advantage over Republican Primary challenger Bud Hulsey with help from political action committees, according to second quarter disclosures filed with the state.
The two are vying for Tennessee's 2nd House District seat.
PACs generated about $14,000 of the $32,275 Shipley raised during the quarter.
Shipley, who is seeking a fourth two-year term, spent $16,712 and reported having $45,180 cash on hand at the end of the quarter.
In contrast, Hulsey reported raising about $15,000 in individual contributions, spending a little over $8,000 and having approximately $7,000 cash on hand at quarter's end.
Hulsey's largest contribution at $1,500 came from Pal's Sudden Service founder Fred "Pal" Barget, while Shipley's biggest contributor at $2,500 was the Farmers Employee & Agents PAC affiliated with Farmers Insurance Group.
Individuals can give state representative candidate campaigns up to $1,500 per election, according to the Tennessee Registry of Ethics and Campaign Finance (TRECF). Primary, general and runoff elections are considered separate elections.
PACs, which can give up to $7,400 per election, are generally defined as a combination of two or more individuals making expenditures to support or oppose any candidate for public office or a referendum. There are no limits on the amount of contributions that may be made to a PAC.
Early voting in the state Republican Primary begins Friday.
Hulsey is a retired Kingsport police officer, while Shipley is a retired U.S. Air Force officer.
The 2nd House District includes part of Kingsport, Colonial Heights, Indian Springs and Sullivan Gardens.
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