published Thursday, July 17th, 2014

FEC complaint filed over Weston Wamp employment

A Signal Mountain businessman has filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Tennessee 3rd District Congressional candidate Weston Wamp.

Citing figures from Wamp's financial disclosure this week, resident Ralph Mann said he questioned Wamp's employment status while he was campaigning.

The Times Free Press reported this week that if Wamp was on paid leave from his employer, the Lamp Post Group, while he is campaigning, his salary could be considered a campaign contribution.

Wamp and his employer have said he has not been on paid leave and he has been working remotely.

Wamp is seeking to wrest the Republican nomination for Congress from two-term incumbent Chuck Fleischmann.

"My concern is that Weston Wamp is being paid to run for Congress and that he is receiving political contributions that are not reported as such," Mann wrote in his complaint.

The complaint asks the FEC to conduct an "immediate investigation" and impose the maximum penalty against Wamp.

Mann said he has sent the complaint to the FEC but has not yet received confirmation that it has been received.

Read more in Friday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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