State representative candidate questions contributions to incumb

State representative candidate questions contributions to incumbent

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"We take lots of donations from everybody. I have a treasurer. Lots of them I never even see," said Rep. Steve Hall of Knoxville. "We take lots of donations from everybody. I have a treasurer. Lots of them I never even see," said Rep. Steve Hall of Knoxville.
The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance shows Hall receiving $500 in November of 2012 and then another $500 in October of 2013. Both were from HMA Tennessee PAC. The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance shows Hall receiving $500 in November of 2012 and then another $500 in October of 2013. Both were from HMA Tennessee PAC.
"We're not saying that Mr. Hall did anything illegal. We just think it is an unusual set of circumstances that the voters should know about," said Martin Daniel, a Republican candidate for state representative. "We're not saying that Mr. Hall did anything illegal. We just think it is an unusual set of circumstances that the voters should know about," said Martin Daniel, a Republican candidate for state representative.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Questions over contributions from a hospital group to State Representative Steve Hall before and after his vote on a bill impacting the hospital. Martin Daniel is running against Hall in the Republican primary for the 18th District House race. 6 News spoke with both candidates about the accusations that are now creating a buzz in the community. 

Flyers are going around the Knoxville community talking about State Representative Steve Hall with the words "Who is Steve Hall listening to...the People or the Money? His opponent in the Republican primary for the 18th District House race, Martin Daniel, is the one behind the flyers. 

"We're not saying that Mr. Hall did anything illegal. We just think it is an unusual set of circumstances that the voters should know about," said Martin Daniel, a Republican candidate for state representative.

According to Daniel, those circumstances include the campaign contributions given to Hall by Health Management Associates, the parent company of Tennova.

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance shows Hall receiving $500 in November of 2012 and then another $500 in October of 2013. Both were from HMA Tennessee PAC. 

"We take lots of donations from everybody. I have a treasurer. Lots of them I never even see," said Rep. Steve Hall of Knoxville.  


Daniel doesn't have a problem with the contributions, but rather the timing of it all. Hall introduced a bill in January of 2013 that would undesignate about a mile of Middlebrook Pike from being a scenic highway.

Legislators passed it in April of 2013. Ever since then, Tennova officials have been eyeing the 110 acre piece of land for a future hospital.


Previous story: New Tennova hospital plans could be moving forward

"I'm not opposing hospitals. I have no problem with hospitals. I think the way it was handled, the way the undesignation of the scenic highway was handled," said Daniel.

The proposal has had its opponents in the west Knoxville community. 

"The idea of having even more traffic going down this street is a little terrifying for me as a mom of young children," said Haifa George of Knoxville. 

While the campaign contributions were before and after the vote on what some consider a controversial bill, Hall believes it's purely coincidental. 

"People that know me know that just because someone gives me a donation, that doesn't give them anything except a thank you card," said Hall. 


Representative Hall wasn't the only candidate to receive campaign contributions from HMA, Tennova's parent company. 


More online: 4th Quarter for HMA TENNESSEE PAC 

Additional reports: Annual Year End Supplemental (2013) for HMA TENNESSEE PAC 


Hall hasn't decided if he will be creating his own set of flyers in response to Daniel's accusations. As for early voting for state primary races, that starts July 18th and ends August 2nd. Election day is August 7th.








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