Roughly one-third of the $1.2 million RAAMPAC has raised over its seven years in existence has come from other political action committees, including many operated by businesses and lobbyists. Ramsey defends the practice.
"People have a complete misconception of money in politics," he said. "People aren't trying to buy your votes. People know how you're going to vote to begin with. They just want good government."
Good government? That's funny. Here's one example of what money has bought in the state legislature: Coal companies employ fewer than 400 people in Tennessee, yet Ramsey and his Republican Senate are the industry's best friends. They constantly try to gut regulations to allow more trashing of the environment. They have blocked legislation to stop the industry from blowing the tops off our mountains, with Ramsey working personally behind the scenes. Why? Coal companies have given Ramsey nearly $200,000 in campaign contributions in a year. King Coal plays the lieutenant governor like a Grand Ole Opry fiddle.