WASHINGTON, DC – The only sure thing is Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
got a pile of of money associated with her working against passage of HR 1518. There was a $100.00 per person Reception held for Representative Marsha Blackburn at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on August 27, 2013. About 8,000 spectators showed up that night and 9 years previously the attendance was 11,000 – a decrease of approximately 30%.
The urban legend was Blackburn’s haul was $70,000.00.
HERE IS WHAT REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN HAS TO SAY
“Constituents have heard me say time and time again that you may not agree with me, but you’ll always know where I stand. For good reason, soring is illegal. It is objectionable on every level and I’m glad that Tennessee has zero tolerance for the practice. I voted against the bill to amend the Horse Protection Act because I don’t believe in excessive regulatory burdens on any industry, especially one that is over 98% compliant. In addition, the reports that I received a $70,000 check from the Performance Show Horse Association are completely false. My vote is a sacred contract with the voters of the Tennessee 7th Congressional District and it is not now or will ever be for sale.”
Controversy has swirled around Representative Blackburn for quite some time regarding her truthfully and timely reporting campaign contributions, and the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
She’s faulted for failing to ‘properly report campaign receipts and expenditures.’
HERE’S THE LEADUP TO THE BLACKBURN AUGUST 27, 2013 RECEPTION
The BIG LICKERS let the world know on August 20, 2013, that they were going to put on the dog for Representative Blackburn.
“Reception Honoring Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
You are cordially invited to attend a reception honoring Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee on Friday, August 23 at 6:15pm at the Hall of Fame Club at The Celebration show grounds. Congresswoman Blackburn is Vice-Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and continues to be one of our industry’s strongest advocates.
A suggested contribution for the reception is $100 and contributions should made out to “Blackburn for Congress” and must be on a personal account. Please show your appreciation for Congresswoman’s Blackburn support of our industry and attend this reception.”
Then a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. On August 22, 2013, PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association) Chairman Terry Dotson, after promising that U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 30, 2013, that he would clean up soring and PSHA could do it, got two horses turned down SORE. Then Dotson got into it with a USDA VMO. Then Dotson resigned on Monday, August 26, 2013 and packed up his “camper” and went back up to Kingston, TN and hung out eating Cheetos
THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER REPORTED ON THE RECEPTION
HEIDI HALL – THE TENNESSEAN
“At least one congresswoman went to Shelbyville to see the event for herself “” and attend a $100-a-head reception in her honor held Friday. A Performance Show Horse Association invitation called Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn “one of our industry’s strongest advocates.” She watched the backstage inspections after the reception, Inman said.
Blackburn emailed a statement in response to questions about whether she thought the inspections were fair and her thoughts on HR 1518: “I was happy to attend the Walking Horse Celebration to support one of Tennessee’s treasures and meet with USDA, industry, and local officials.”
Contact Heidi Hall at 615-726-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @HeidiHallTN.
So the fact is Representative Blackburn attended the fund raising Reception, and the question is how much did she net from the haul?
Another question demanding an answer is how much money has Steve Smith and his family donated to Representative Marsha Blackburn?
Steve Smith served as TWHBEA President in 1995 – 1997. He was recently elected TWHBEA Director from Tennessee, and again aspires to lead TWHBEA as President. Smith now enters the arena under a cloud of controversy, and last week, members of the TWHBEA Nomination Committee resigned rather than place his name in nomination as President.
Only time will tell if the Big Lick sore interests have put their money on the right horse in Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Right now, there’s all sort of speculation surrounding that arrangement.