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Joe Brown unsure whether he'll aid in financing his own campaign for DA

May 15, 2014

By Kyle Veazey, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.



May 15--Joe Brown, who according to various reports made at least a seven-figure annual salary in his previous career as a syndicated television judge, said Thursday he hasn't decided whether he will help finance his own campaign for Shelby County district attorney general.

"I could write a big check as a loan to the campaign. I might," he said. "But I've got an interesting phenomenon developing right now that is somewhat different: All I have to do is go someplace and stand and instead of trying to seek the voters out, the fans seek me out."

Brown, the Democratic nominee, faces Republican Amy Weirich in the Aug. 7 general election. As of the most recently filed financial disclosures, there's a significant gap between the two candidates' campaign funds.

Brown reported a $1,328 balance of campaign funds as of April 26, the last day of the pre-primary reporting period.

Brown filed his report on Tuesday, according to a state database. The report was due April 29, and an official with the state Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance said on Monday that a $25-a-day fine for late disclosure was to have started that day.

Weirich reported a balance of $221,163 as of the end of the same reporting period. Her campaign raised $88,659 from April 1 to April 26 alone.

"The amount that a candidate raises is indicative of the type of support they have in the community, and she's gotten donations from all across the political spectrum, from all across the county," said Lang Wiseman, the chairman of Weirich's campaign.

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