Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Beltway Carpetbaggers Paid for English Only

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

According to the Davidson County Election Commission, almost all of the $84,205 raised in support of the failed English Only charter amendment came from ProEnglish, the Arlington, Va. crackpots who go around the country spending money on these kinds of things.

Only five (!) people in Nashville contributed to the cause, and they gave between $100 and $200 each.

I spoke to Eric Crafton about the funding behind English Only last summer and he was completely evasive about where the money came from.

"From folks," he said, when I asked him who exactly had made donations. "It's just mostly folks and their contributions."

Turns out one of these folks was car dealer Lee Beaman, whom Jeff Woods made famous for his opposition to the Bredesen Bunker. Beaman decried that project as a waste of money. Not like English Only, of course--which was cash well spent, right, Lee?

UPDATE: According to the election commission Beaman gave a total of $6,000 in donations while the other Nashvillians gave donations of $100 to $200 each.

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