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TN Rep. Black Rode Plane Tied To Truck Firm She Aided With Policy

Matt Markgraf/WKMS

Republican Rep. Diane Black rode a private plane linked to a Tennessee-based trucking company for which she helped extend a federal emissions loophole.

According to The Tennessean, Black's gubernatorial campaign spokesman Chris Hartline said Black rented the plane from Dale Hollow Aviation LLC at fair-market value, which will be reported. She and staffers flew to last month's Paris Fish Fry and Hamilton County Reagan Day Dinner.

Black helped convince Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to continue exempting rebuilt diesel engines used by Fitzgerald Glider Kits trucks.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits attorney Joe DePew said the plane is leased by Fitzgerald Aviation LLC, which shares an agent and address with Fitzgerald Glider Kits.

Black's campaign received $225,000 in Fitzgerald-linked contributions. The campaign has said she fights to keep rural Tennessee manufacturing jobs.

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