"A secretive out-of-state group with anonymous donors is now trying to dupe Tennesseans with last-minute smears about a home-grown successful company. That's Washington-style politics, not Tennessee, and Tennesseans don't warm to shadow politics when there are very real challenges facing the state. Bill Haslam has a record-breaking number of contributors who have publicly supported him with their donations because he has made his a positive campaign about the issues. Whoever is behind this grossly misleading ad is out of line with the values we uphold in Tennessee." — Haslam campaign flack David Smith
The AP's Erik Schelzig reports the American Future Fund is spending up to $250,000 to air these TV ads in Nashville, Memphis and the Tri-Cities. "We firmly believe Tennesseans have been harmed by Mr. Haslam's Pilot Corp. when they did price gouge," said Nick Ryan, the veteran GOP activist who heads the outfit. "And certainly Mr. Haslam profited at the expense of Tennessee families." According to Schelzig, the American Future Fund spent $1 million to help Scott Brown win the Massachusetts Senate race.