In his email, Mark said that his opponent, Bill Owen, "thinks that donations to candidates are the key qualification for the Democratic executive committee. Yet, he has given the following to Republican candidates during the time he's been serving on the Democratic Executive Committee (source: RIGHT SMACK HERE, using federal campaign contribution data):
OWEN, WILLIAM S, KNOXVILLE, TN ASSET & EQUITY LLC/Consultant
11/17/98 $750 McCain, John (R)
9/23/03 $2,000 National Republican Senatorial Cmte (R)
3/9/00 $1,000 Thomas, Bill (R)
2/24/99 $1,000 McCain, John (R)
10/17/95 $1,000 Quillen, James H (R)
Bill responded over at the hippie's site, saying:
Mr. Harmon has spent the entire campaign bragging about bringing "resources" to candidates. But the reality is he has never given any money-or any other visible resource- to the Tennessee Democratic Party. Yes, I guess the truth hurts his campaign, but elections are about choices and to date Mr. Harmon had chosen to be "Missing in Action" when it comes to contributing to Tennessee Democratic Nominees except in rare instances.
You can find Bill's entire statement, RIGHT SMACK HERE.
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