September 29th, 2007
08:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Thompson to show more than $7 million

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will report raising more than $7 million in the third quarter, a source inside the campaign tells CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

Thompson is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. There are still three days for candidates to raise money in this fundraising period.

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Garrett Indianapolis, IN

    To Whom it May Concern,

    Anyone seen Ron Paul's webpage lately? I think you may need to reconsider the term "top-tier candidate". I've never been happier to see my bank account shrink when I realize I'm part of the Ron Paul Revolution. Join us, feel good about yourself and your country's chances to get back on track. Much love from the Ron Paul Revolution...

    September 28, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. NE, Pa.

    I wouldn't give him the time of day!

    September 28, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Peter, Wausau, WI

    All right, it's not as much as some candidates, but $7Mil will go a long way towards ensuring that Fred Thompson wins the 2008 election!

    September 28, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Idle speculation: What would happen to the race if Gardner moved the NH primary to December, as new reports say he might?
    Short answer: Hurt Romney and help Clinton.

    September 28, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Pete, Fort Worth, TX

    I hope Fred Thompson wins so we can spend another decade with no foreign policy or domestic progress!

    September 28, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Sybil+

    Thomsen is an egotistic jerk and a bad actor. We don't need anymore John Wayne types in the white house. One little psycho cowboy is enough.

    September 28, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. Loyda, WDC

    ONLY 7 million????

    in this day and age, and at the point of the campaign we are, 7 millions are not only not enough, they are a sign of a failed campaign!!!!

    September 28, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. grant

    Hmmm...more than I expected, but probably less than most did. That's the problem with playing coy, month after month, and raising expectations about yourself to christ-like levels. I know that 7 million dollar figure sets a high bar for McCain and Huckabee. Other than that, God only knows how this will spin.

    September 28, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. bprossersme

    Going to have to shake your tail Thompson. Your acting like an old man here. Get with the program!!

    September 28, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Keith Franklin, Tn

    It was reported by WSMV TV in Nashville last night that Fred has raised approx 45% of that money in Tennessee. Man....that is not very much of a base to run a national campaign. Welll...Freddy ...get a good night's rest...I am sure that you are very tired by hitting all your "marks" for TV...err... I mean your campaign.

    September 28, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I need to admit something to my fellow bloggers – I had high hopes for Fred Thompson – then I heard him speak – I no longer want to hear him speak with his right wing rants – we are done with the right wing....and we are done with the left wing and the socialists too (sorry Hillary) – we need a moderate...and we have one...and only one running – a social liberal...and fiscal conservative....Rudy Giuliani – you may knock his marriage track record and his relationship with his children – my advice to you is to not take marriage or child rearing advice from our next president. Rudy 08

    September 28, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Brad, New York City

    GO FRED! This country needs you. Keep up the good fight!

    September 28, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. PDQ, Los Angeles, CA

    Is that a good amount or does it suggest that his campaign is whithering on the vine?

    Analysis please!!

    September 29, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. Tom, Shreveport, La

    $7M is terrible. Clinton and Obama will both be in the $20Ms. $7M puts him way behind the front runners for the GOP and closer to Mike Huckabee / Ron Paul territory. Expect the filing to go poorly for Thompson. It looks like he can't compete with Rudy or Mitt.

    September 29, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  15. Ralph N, Memphis, TN

    Thompson is withering on the vine.

    The more Republicans see of Thompson, the less impressed they are. They SO wanted him to save them, but he is just not up to the job.

    September 29, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  16. Sherry AllOver Texas

    While it is about double what he reported last quarter it still falls FAR short of the leading fund raisers Clinton at 20-25 mil & Obama at 18-22 mil. Giuliani is third with about half of Clinton's numbers, then comes Romney at around 10 mil. Thompson, McCain, Edwards & Richardson are all in the 4-7 mil range. Of course this is all pure speculation at this point as the numbers won't be officially released until Oct. 15, but most inside sources are quoting numbers in these ranges. I wouldn't exactly call Thompson's numbers promising, but this is the hardest quarter so who knows. The REAL proof will come at the end of next quarter.

    September 29, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  17. Don B, Gold Canyon AZ

    An even dumber Reagan. The ink used to write anything about this loser is a total waste.

    September 29, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. DB, Minneapolis, MN

    $7 million is not much. A good chunk of that must have already been spent. All the front runners are spending more than $7 million/quarter.

    By the end of the second quarter, the Democratic front runner, Clinton, had raised more than $60 million. She probably raised another 20 in the last quarter. Romney, the best fund raiser for the GOP had raised around $45 million through the end of Q2.

    September 29, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  19. Axel, RKTA, California

    Compared to other candidates, he's way behind in the fundraising. But in the grand scheme of things that really doesn't mean a whole lot at this point, specially if a lot of people have already chosen who they are going to vote for. Some people did that before anything was official, and they most likely won't change their minds. In the end, campaigns are all about the undecided voters. But this time around I don't think there are that many of them to campaign to. People want some serious change. (I don't think they will get it, but they want it.)

    September 29, 2007 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  20. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Given his past lobbying contacts, I'm surprised he didn't "raise" more.

    He won't make it, but it has nothing to do with the money. He plays a good general/senator/president/big-wig in the movies and he should keep it there.

    September 29, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  21. Austin Louisville KY

    Might as well flush your money down the toilet, for all the good its going to do.

    September 29, 2007 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  22. jenifer, madison, wi

    PDQ –

    since the next story says that fundraising has dropped off for Obama and Clinton in this quarter, but they're both still somewhere close to $20 million, you could use that for comparison.

    of course, Flintstone Fred (credit to Dowd!) can say that he hasn't been raising money that whole time, since he hadn't declared as a candidate. yet, he WAS raising money that whole time.

    just a couple things to consider.

    September 29, 2007 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  23. Michael, MPLS, MN

    Ha! No matter about the unimpressive sum of money, there's NO WAY this lazy old mummy will be elected to anything. Americans are sick of the good 'ol boy image after bush II. The R nominee will Rudy or Romney. & they will likely lose.

    September 29, 2007 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  24. Mrs. America

    I think Freddy-come-lately is a little on the short end financially.

    September 29, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. John Camillus, NY

    Terrible performance from a wind bag that is quickly running out of air

    September 29, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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