Tennessee Fundraising Letter Raises Concerns

Posted December 18, 2009 at 7:00pm

Tennessee state Sen. Diane Black’s (R) first congressional campaign solicitation is raising a few sticky ethical questions relating to the separation of campaign and official government business.

Friday’s email included a fundraising pitch by Black, who on Thursday evening entered the race to replace retiring Rep. Bart Gordon (D).

“I recognize that this is the Holy Season and the economy is fragile with many suffering,” Black wrote. “The hardest part of running for office is asking for money but by the first filing in January I must have at least $100,000 in the bank. Please consider my request and thank you for your continued love and support.”