By EMILY R. WEST
Becoming one of the most successful Democrats at fundraising in Williamson County, District 65’s Holly McCall raised close to $100,000 this election cycle.
Since she submitted her papers in April, McCall has raised $98,503 in the last five months. Of that figure, $31,352 came from the third quarter, which ran from from August until the end of September. The majority of her money came before the Aug. 4 primary. The state’s deadline for all candidates was Oct. 11.
“I’m proud I’ve received contributions from over 400 individuals,” she said.
No Democratic candidate has raised to that amount of money since former Rep. Mike Williams ran for House District 63. Williams said it took until running for his fifth term to break the $100,000 mark.
“I’m honored so many people have chosen to invest in my campaign and I don’t take it lightly,” McCall said. “I knew going into this I’d need to raise money to be competitive, in addition to working long hours, and I’ve promised my donors I’ll be as good a steward of their tax dollars as I am of their campaign contributions.”
From this third quarter, McCall had nine special interest groups donate to her campaign, totaling to $6,000. Of those, the United Auto Workers, Iron Workers L.U. 492, DVA Holding Co. PACs gave the most at $1,000 each. The other groups donated anywhere between $250 and $750. She had a total of 61 donations this quarter.
In terms of individuals, McCall had 52 give to her campaign this quarter. Of those, former Nashville mayoral candidate Bill Freeman gave twice to total up to $1,100. Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) gave $500. Planned Parenthood President & CEO of Middle & East Tennessee Jeff Teague also gave another $250. Among the 52, the highest donor gave $1,500 with lowest at $150. On average, contributors gave $485.75.
Overall, the majority of her special interests group money game during second quarter and pre-primary weeks. All of that money equals out to $16,600.
Here’s where all the PAC money came from:
Her biggest donor was the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Education with a $3,000 check. Another 10 PACs and businesses, ranging from Community Health Systems to the United Auto Workers PAC – gave $1,000 each. On average, special interest groups gave her $850.
She said if she were elected to the legislature, the money given to her during this campaign wouldn’t affect how she were to vote or write proposed law changes.
“We can predict the future behavior of public officials based on how they’ve run their campaigns,” McCall said. “It’s evident from my campaign I have little PAC money, and most of what I do have comes from businesses or groups in my district – UAW, for instance, is a huge employer in Spring Hill, and CHS is a big health care employer in Williamson. If elected, my first consideration is to my district and what will be good for business and voters here, not to outside special interest PACs.”
She will face Republican challenger Sam Whitson on the Nov. 8 ballot.