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Tennessee Republican used campaign funds to pay for 2,000 rounds of machine gun ammo

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A Tennessee Republican elected official spent $1,600 of campaign funds to purchase machine gun ammunition, The Tennessean reports.

Rep. Judd Matheny (R) of the Tennessee House of Representatives used roughly 2,000 rounds of his own ammunition for an August gun safety event — and then wrote himself a check to cover the cost.

“I have many thousands of rounds I have stockpiled and I diverted 2,000 rounds to the shoot. We spent roughly another $12,000 in ammo (that) was donated by various groups (or the money was) to purchase it,” Matheny told the Tennessean. “I just augmented with some from my collection.”

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The state congressman defended his use of campaign funds for the event because it was “a high value incident” for his contituents.

Matheny is currently running in the state’s Republican primary for a spot on the U.S. House of Representatives. His alignment with President Donald Trump included threats against Nashville after they declared themselves a sanctuary city.


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