Tenn. campaign spending breaks record; locals propose a change
The Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen is Tennessee’s most expensive race. According to ProPublica, nearly $80 million were spent during the campaign.
NewsChannel 9’s Kiley Thomas takes to the streets to ask you how campaign money could be spent.
“With $80 million I’d stop hunger issues and house issues,” said Phillip Perry.
“There’s a really bad homeless problem so if I had $80 million I’d actually be able to help them help themselves,” said Cameron Haste.
“It’s a lot of money. I think it could be spent in a much better way," said Perry.
“I grew up with some things in my life but I know how it is to go without," said Donald Williams, Jr.
It's the most expensive race in Tennessee's history.
“Healthcare would be my first thing," said Maura Bradshaw.
“If I had $80 million I wouldn’t spend it on a dang senator," said Hunter Morgan.
“I think you’re seeing the worst sides of people instead of using it to make a real difference," said Haste.
According to ProPublica and Federal Election Commission, about $27 million was spent by the candidates combined.
Outside groups such as the Senate Leadership Fund and the NRA make up the other two thirds of the nearly $80 million.