Thompson tours one of the laboratories at the Lincolnway Energy plant in Nevada, Iowa Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, the latest addition to the Republican presidential race, raked in $9.3 million during the third quarter fundraising period, his campaign announced Thursday.
Thompson currently has $7 million in cash on hand. He received donations from 80,000 individuals.
Campaign Manager Bill Lacy said Thompson appealed to that many Americans because he is an "authentic conservative."
"Some of the other campaigns have spent tens of millions of dollars so far, only to lose support among voters; yet, Fred is running strong in most of the early primary states without having spent a dime on advertising," Lacy said. "We are on plan and will have the funding we need to get Fred's message to voters."
Thompson reported that he raised $12.7 million since he first started collecting campaign contributions this summer, $3.4 million of which was raised near the end of the second quarter.
Related: Giuliani edges Romney in fundraising
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Oh dear lord – what a picture! Grampa telli-tubby?
What is one idea that Fred Thompson stands for and can claim as his own? I can't think of any yet, neither can he. Oh wait! The RNC hasn't sent him the memo yet on what they want him to stand for. Or worse yet the e-mail was lost as so many WH and Repub e-mails mysteriously do. Not important though. Freedom good! Terrorists bad! Taxes low! Border fence high! That should get you through another few months and we'll get right on that platform for you. We should have that for you in time for the general election.
that is the funniest, yet most pathetic photo I have seen all day. Can someone say Y-M-C-A!! God help us if we elect this guy
And Fred Thompson is the guy who has been begging drowsy audiences to applaud his speeches!
I bet his donors would be embarrassed, if they were awake.
Thats pretty bad. Technically he's been campaigning for 2 quarters. You would think he would come in 1st in the money race...not 3rd.
And he is yet to go to a debate...once he goes to one watch his support plummet. The man is a horrible speaker
Lets see how much spending he'll need to play catch-up on Giuliani though, financial numbers mean nothing unless you can overcome public opinion polls.
After all this time, that is it???? I don't think green is his color.
Wow. I'm impressed. Now he can twist the cap off a bottle of Carlo Rossi and a package of pork rinds.
9 million? Are you kidding me?
Today's pork is tomorrow's rinds. Get used to it Boss Hogg, you're bacon bits.
The beginnings of a great group picture: Fred as the contruction worker; Rudy as the cop; Mitt as the sailor; McCain as the cowboy.....oops we need a minority for the Native American....The GOP just comes up short every time.
Oh, he looks so stupid and proud of it! I wonder what his family thinks.
$9 mil down the drain. Good thing the GOP donors have lots of $$$ to waste.
Thompson is the only republican candidates rising fast (2nd in rep votes after Giuliani), while other rep candidates are levelling or declining, including Giuliani. It would not surprise me that he will overtake Giuliani in polls and funds raised in the next quarter. He may be the rep nominee for the election.
I don't see what is so weak about his fundraising. He was only a few million behind Romney and Giuliani, a solid 3rd on the GOP side, and a few million ahead of Ron Paul who is getting a lot of attention for $5 million.
As far as pictures of presidential candidates in green hats go, it still beats the one of Dukakis in the tank with the Army lid on back in '88.
That doesn't look like him.
I am so embarrassed, I had written a check to the Thompson campaign last month, and forgot to mail it. Ad $.10 to that total please.
Re: the photo – this is Fred Thompson's Michael Dukakis moment.
I can't believe this guy even gets any press.
Fred is not running for office ,,, he's ambling.
Well, at least he supports the sciences, unlike a certain president. I still prefer a Democrat for president, though.
what's with the green hat?
did he get radiated?
This is the dork who is going to save America from OBL? C'mon. And if by "authentic" conservative you mean one who doesn't have a modicum of compassion for the weak, the destitute, the young, the infirm, the old, the working stiff and blacks and women, then yeah, he's pretty doggone authentic. Authentic Bush.
"people...wake up...I'm done speaking"
He doesn't look bad at all in that hardhat! You've got to give Fred credit–nicely diversified careers, successful political tenure, cute young wife and family. It's good to be Fred. If elected, and he turns out to be half the president that Reagan was-I'd be happy! We all know neither Hillary or Obama will be elected-Be serious now! Someday soon this country will elect a woman and a minority; but not now, not quite yet. Not to mention ANOTHER Clinton in the White House-oh my God, one has to shutter at the thought!
During wartime we need a strong, experienced leader–one that will scare the hell out of our enemies–not some fool who proposes giving every baby five thousand dollars to increase a deficit that her husband helped to create. It's a different world out there now...candidates don't promise more jobs–they just don't exist. For the most part, it's would be impossible to lower taxes to any degree because of the huge deficit. We don't need promises, we need action. I think Fred just might be the guy!
Maybe Freddie boy will spend some campaign funds to get some advisors to tell him about the Schiavo case (the one he didn't comment on recently in FL) or to let him know that there no longer is a Soviet Union. I hope you put my comments in this time CNN since you didn't with my email.
Most of his money would be spent in attacking Giuliani and Romney. He won't have any money left to deal with Ron Paul after February 5.