Republican Fred Thompson on July 31 reported raising nearly $3.5 million in one month for his expected presidential bid, lagging behind his backers’ original $5 million goal.
The “Law & Order” actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee filed documents with the Internal Revenue Service that provided the first glimpse of the White House hopeful’s financial situation.
Mr. Thompson spent only $625,745 of the $3.46 million he raised in June, the first month of his preliminary campaign committee, the report showed. Still, the total raised fell short of the $5 million target his backers initially set in a one-month showing for his committee “testing the waters” of a presidential bid.
Nevertheless, Mr. Thompson praised the take in a statement, saying: “The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring.”