2 PACs fined by state election officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two political action committees have been fined by Tennessee officials who say the organizations didn’t properly disclose information including donors and expenditures before elections last year.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1u9ItCh) reports Strong & Free Tennessee was fined $5,000 on Wednesday and Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy was fined $100.

According to the newspaper, representatives for both organizations did not return calls requesting comment.

Drew Rawlins, executive director for the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, said the $5,000 fine given to Strong & Free Tennessee was “pretty hefty” for a first-time offense.

Tennessee state executive committee member Mark Winslow, who filed a complaint against the PAC, called the amount too small to have an impact.