Money, money, money — Part II

Last week, we told you about how much money the Wine & Spirts Wholesalers of Tennessee (WSWT) PAC had given to incumbents legislators in the House of Representative so far this year. It totaled $41,000. The top recipients are influential members of the House State & Local Government committee.

This week, we turn our attention to the Senate. The Senate contributions have totaled $10,000. Three of the nine members of the Senate State & Local Government committee received contributions. The committee would be the first to hear any wine legislation.

Sen. Joe Haynes (D-Nashville), who is on the State & Local Government Committee, received the most of any senator at $4,000.

Below are the Senate recipients of WSWT contributions through three quarters this year. An “x” in the last column indicates membership on the State & Local Government Committee.

RECIPIENT TOTAL State & Local Government
HAYNES, JOE $4,000
x
BERKE, ANDREW $2,000
KURITA, ROSALIND $2,000
WILLIAMS, MICHEAL $2,000
FITZHUGH, CRAIG $1,000
KYLE, JIM $1,000
MARRERO, BEVERLY $1,000
NORRIS, MARK $1,000
x
WOODSON, JAMIE $1,000
ROLLER, STEVE $500
x

We won’t know about contribution in October, November, and December until next year. In 2007, the WSWT PAC made more than $40,000 in additional contributions during the last quarter of the year. We’ve heard on the streets that the wholesalers (and, most likely, the retailer) plan to “go at hard again” in the next session. Guess there’s nothing hard like cold, hard cash.

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