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.