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LEWISBURG, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) – Robert Dalton is an attorney; he is currently running for public defender in the 17 district of Tennessee.

You will be entered into a drawing if you make a donation to Dalton’s campaign.  The winner will receive a Taurus Judge Public Defender pistol.

Joe Kinder, Dalton’s friend, organized this fundraiser.  Kinder told WSMV-TV that he is not affiliated with Dalton’s official campaign.

“They are making a donation to Rob Dalton’s campaign, and in turn for that, I give them a chance to give them a gun we’re giving away,” Kinder told WSMV.

Your name will be entered for every 10 dollar donation you make, according to a flyer obtained by the station.

“I’m just a pro-Second Amendment person,” Kinder said. “I’m a pro-Constitutionalist. Rob Dalton’s a pro-Constitutionalist, and we just feel like, I feel like we need to get him in office.”

There may be a problem with Kinder’s fundraiser, as the state has strict guidelines to govern fundraisers relying on games of chance.  You must first register as a 501©(3) organization.

“Under Tennessee law, there are certain exceptions especially for not-for-profit organizations,” James Blumstein, a professor at Vanderbilt University, told WSMV.

Kinder is not calling this a fundraiser.  He said the first $500 will go toward payment of the gun and the rest will go toward Dalton’s campaign.

Campaign finance rules limit individual contributions to local candidates and local candidates’ campaign committees to $1,500, which only $50 can be in cash.  It is not clear how Kinder will donate the money.

“The event does not violate campaign finance statute,” Drew Rawlins, the director of the Tennessee Bureau for Ethics and Campaign Finance, told WSMV.

Kinder, who added that this is “100 percent” his idea, will draw a winner on July 25.

“I firmly believe in all the amendments, as well as the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Tennessee,” he said.

Dalton is aware of this fundraiser but did not know the details pertaining to it.

Dalton is running against incumbent Donna Orr Hargrove.

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