Stand for Children, charter candidates face $685K in fines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A pro-charter school organization and the four Nashville school board candidates it backed last month could face harsh punishments for campaign disclosure violations.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that education advocacy group Stand for Children and candidates Miranda Christy, Thom Druffel, Jane Grimes Meneely and Jackson Millerare are subject to combined civil penalties totaling $685,000.

A letter sent by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance to the involved parties on Tuesday says each candidate reported incorrect figures on multiple disclosures. Stand for Children’s two political action committees are accused of coordinating with the pro-charter school candidates. The PACs spent over $200,000 in Nashville.

Druffel’s attorney Dan Haskell said his client has been cooperative during the investigation. The other three candidates did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment Wednesday.