- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on lawmaker investments into companies run by Republican donor Andy Miller Jr. (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is one of at least seven current and former Republican state lawmakers with financial ties to a prominent GOP donor who recently settled a federal fraud case involving the U.S. military’s health care program.

Ramsey, who isn’t running for re-election next month, is an investor in Correct Chemo. The company is affiliated with Diatech Oncology, a Franklin-based company founded by donor Andy Miller Jr.’s father.

Ramsey spokesman Adam Kleinheider called Miller “a long-time conservative activist and friend” of the senator’s. Kleinheider says Miller never lobbied Ramsey.

Other Republican investors in Miller-related companies include Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville, Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro the husband of Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and former Reps. Jeremy Durham of Franklin and Joe Carr of Murfreesboro.

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2 p.m.

At least six current and former Republican lawmakers in Tennessee had financial ties to a prominent GOP donor who recently settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

Andy Miller Jr. has been a prominent backer of Republican candidates who support his platform of fighting the influence of Islam in Tennessee.

State ethics disclosures show that Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma reported income from two Miller-linked companies, including one listed in the form as Omed Rx that shares the same address with QMedRx, the subject of the federal probe into alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Miller and his brother agreed to settle the federal case for $7.8 million last month without admitting guilt.

Matheny did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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