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Convicted Lawmakers Have Leftover Campaign Funds

Former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield Former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield
Former state Rep. Chris Newton Former state Rep. Chris Newton
From AP:

Two former state lawmakers convicted of accepting bribes in the Tennessee Waltz investigation have more than $189,000 in their campaign accounts.

Former Senator Ward Crutchfield has $172,000 on hand and has donated almost $14,000 to the Hamilton County Democratic Party since he was indicted in May 2005.

The Chattanooga Democrat pleaded guilty to bribery charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Former Representative Chris Newton has $17,523 on hand and has contributed $1,200 to local Republican Party organizations since his indictment.

He also pleaded guilty and has already served a nine-month sentence.

Under state law, the money in those accounts most be donated to charities and political campaigns or organizations OR can be used for expenses related to former legislative service or political duties.

None of the other three former state lawmakers convicted in the FBI's public corruption case have balances in their campaign accounts. Those former lawmakers include John Ford, Kathryn Bowers and Roscoe Dixon, all former Memphis Democratic senators.

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