Tenn. Campaign Finance Panel Fines Durham $465K

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 20:55:26-04

Tennessee campaign finance officials have imposed a nearly $465,000 fine on a former lawmaker who was expelled from the General Assembly in 2016.

According to reports, the fine was the largest ever imposed by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Jeremy Durham was drummed out of the state House in September amid a series of sexual harassment allegations that earned him the nickname "Pants Candy" by women working at the state Capitol.

"This is an exceptional number of apparently intentional violations of Tennessee's campaign laws and we weren't going to stand for it," Hank Fincher, Tennessee Registry of Campaign Finance.

A state audit alleged hundreds of campaign finance violations that included spending money from his re-election account on personal expenses and using campaign funds to loan money to a GOP ally, a professional gambler and his wife.

Durham did not attend Wednesday's meeting. His attorney, Peter Strianse, urged the panel to not to assess any penalties.