- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Gov. Haslam has $4.5M on hand for re-election bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam starts his re-election year with more than $4.5 million on hand.

The Republican governor reported raising more than $2.9 million in the second half of 2013 and spending about $572,000. His campaign has collected more than $5.2 million to date.

Haslam, who has yet to draw a serious opponent from either party, spent about $796,000 on campaign activities last year. The top expense was $233,000 to fundraising consultant Kaegi Resources. Staffers were paid $184,000, while pollster Northstar Studios received $85,000.

The Ingram Group, headed by longtime campaign adviser Tom Ingram, was paid $30,000.

Campaign finance reports indicate that Haslam has not yet paid himself back $3.5 million he loaned his 2010 campaign.

The filing deadline for any potential challengers is in April.

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Alexander reports $3.2M on hand for Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign says it raised nearly $770,000 in the fourth quarter and that it ended the year with $3.2 million on hand.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate. He raised a total of about $4.7 million in 2013, and his minute-long television ads have been in heavy rotation around the state.

Alexander is being challenged in the Republican primary by state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro, who said he raised $250,000 in the fourth quarter, after raising just $52,000 in the previous reporting period.

Carr, who in August dropped a congressional bid to instead challenge Alexander, raised about $609,000 in 2013 and had $405,000 remaining at the end of the quarter.

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Defendant testifies in buttocks injections case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A woman charged with arranging illicit silicone buttocks injections testified Friday that she was only trying to help out a woman who prosecutors say died from the shots.

Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer also known as Pebbelz Da Model, is charged with depraved-heart murder in the death of 37-year-old Karima Gordon of Atlanta.

Stewart, 40, of suburban Memphis, Tenn., testified that Gordon was insecure about her body and wanted help fixing previously botched buttocks enhancements.

Authorities say Stewart took $200 to refer Gordon to the alleged injector and falsely represented that the injector was a nurse. Stewart said she connected Gordon with the woman performing the injections to help her out, not for money, but she said Gordon insisted on paying her.

Stewart also testified that she thought the woman performing the injections at a Jackson house was indeed a registered nurse and had gotten the injections herself more than 20 times over seven years.

“She told me that she was an RN,” Stewart testified.

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3 Tennessee men plead guilty in $18 million scheme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two top officers of former Nashville investment firm Hanover Corp. have pleaded guilty to their role in an $18 million ponzi scheme.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee David Rivera also announced on Friday that one of Hanover’s former sales employees also admitted his role in the scheme.

Federal prosecutors said that the men lied and stole at the expense of innocent investors.

Hanover’s former CEO, 61-year-old Terry Kretz of Gallatin, pleaded guilty Friday to securities fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors also said former Hanover salesman Daryl Bornstein admitted guilt in his role in the scheme, as well as the company’s former chief financial officer, Robert Haley.

Sentencing is set for April 2.

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