Thompson’s take

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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