NASHVILLE — Republican Ron Ramsey spent $1.13 million on his campaign for governor in the second quarter and had $1.35 million cash in hand as of July 1, his latest financial disclosure shows.
Lt. Gov. Ramsey, R-Blountville, raised just $278,257 between April 1 and June 30, the lowest amount of any of the three Republican candidates.
As the state Senate speaker, he was unable to raise money during the recent legislative session until May 15 due to a ban on in-session fundraising by incumbent legislators.
Most of his second quarter spending — about $875,000 — was for television advertising or advertising production costs.
The GOP primary is Aug. 5. Early voting begins Friday.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...