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U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, a so-called “thought leader” and lone member of the White House’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Group seeking elected office, has already received $13,500 in Corporate PAC checks from six corporations and $16,800 more from individuals from the group assembled by President Trump to “chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity.”

South Pittsburg, TN – Adjusting to the current season of social distancing, James Mackler teleconferenced for an exclusive interview with Marion County News following one of his digital Town Halls. Mackler is vying to replace retiring Senator Lamar Alexander. The Army veteran and prosecutor has a focused number of issues that he feels warrants a change in the nation’s capital and holds a premium on ‘servant leadership.’

Democratic candidate for the U. S. Senate James Mackler spoke in Gallatin last week regarding the danger of dark money being funneled into Tennessee to fund campaigns as a result of the Citizens United court ruling 10 years ago. In that ruling, the court held the free speech clause prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures by corporations to campaigns.

Mackler, who was in Johnson City to speak to the Washington County’s Democratic Party’s State of Franklin Dinner on Saturday, said Tennesseans are looking for someone to represent them in the Senate who will “stand up for them, and stand up to a president” when he is wrong on issues.