NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Goodlettsville's David Hall surprised the political establishment when he defeated two better-known Republican candidates for his party's nomination for Congress.
Hall now faces 5th District Congressman Jim Cooper in the November election.
But NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered that there are a lot of questions about how Hall's campaign was financed.
On his Facebook page back in May, Hall thanked his supporters: "We had targeted a goal of $200,000 in contributions before the primary. To date we are well beyond that."
So who gave him that $200,000?
"It came from mostly myself, the biggest part of it," Hall told NewsChannel 5 Investigates. "Not from other people, contributions from myself."
In fact, the biggest contribution that Hall's campaign reported was a donation of what's claimed to be $200,000 of polling services by a mysterious company called AHC Group. In reality, Hall says it was his own family-owned business.
"My campaign was funded by myself," the candidate added. "There's no question about that. We haven't tried to hide that fact."
Hall's most recent report also lists personal contributions of $4,700, along with another $68,000 in loans to his own campaign.
At the same time, another report claims his family income was just $18,000 for all of last year.
So how can a man who only made $18,000 last year contribute $72,000 to his own campaign?
"Well, that is part of being conservative," said Hall, who is a building contractor by trade. "When times are good, you make money and hold back for the bad times -- and that's all that is."
Even more puzzling is how the Halls appeared to set up a sort of political-church camp -- supposedly run by the candidate's children -- to provide teenagers to work on their father's campaign.
Do The Hard Things 2010 was supposedly set up as a political action committee to run something called Camp Nashville. Families would pay to send their kids to a camp whose sessions just happened to kick off during early voting.
Among the camp's schedule:
6 a.m. -- Mandatory Breakfast. 6:15 a.m. -- Mandatory Devotional. 6:30 a.m. -- Depart, in teams, for sign-waving activities.
So how many teens participated?
"None participated -- it never did happen," Hall insisted.
"Are you sure about that?" NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.