Candidate Hagerty Already Doing Bidding of Corporate PACs

Candidate Hagerty Already Doing Bidding of Corporate PACs


NASHVILLE — 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.” To date, Hagerty has collected more than $200,000 from Corporate PACs. These donations are in addition to the $10,000 Hagerty has received from insider-trading U.S. Senator David Perdue, who sold his casino shares while loading up on Netflix and PPE stocks after attending a classified briefing on COVID-19 in January.

 As further reward for his utter lack of independence, Hagerty will hold a behind-closed-doors campaign conference call with White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow later this morning. Kudlow has insisted the Administration’s response to COVID-19 was “pretty close to airtight” and, like Hagerty, advocates prematurely reopening the economy because “the cure cannot be worse than the disease.

 “Bill Hagerty fails to understand that it’s not any one senator’s job to be a rubber stamp for any president,” said decorated Iraq war combat veteran and candidate for U.S. Senate James Mackler. “He’s not running to serve Tennesseans, isn’t an independent voice now, and certainly won’t be one should his bankrollers successfully install him into the U.S. Senate. 

“I closed my law practice to serve in the U.S. Army after we were attacked on 9/11 to do more in a time of crisis, and I’m running for U.S. Senate for the same reason. Corporate special interests already have enough help in Washington and that’s why I’m not accepting any corporate PAC money. I’m running for Senate to do what’s right for all Tennesseans, and I’ll stand up to any president when they’re wrong.”  

Next Tuesday, April 28, is National Workers Memorial Day commemorating workers injured or killed on the job, and James will be holding an open tele-town hall discussion with Tennessee Labor leader and president of the Nashville Central Labor Council Vonda McDaniel.=

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, TN, James has earned support from the DSCC, Vote Vets, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Serve America, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties. 

James joined the U.S. Army after 9/11, becoming a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and serving as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. Following a deployment to Iraq, James became a JAG attorney, protecting sexual assault survivors and prosecuting criminals. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.