July 31st, 2007
11:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Fred Thompson raises $3.4 million in June

Thompson raised $3.4 million in June.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson raised $3.4 million in June for a possible White House bid, his presidential exploratory committee announced Tuesday.

“The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring,” said Thompson in a written statement. “It tells me that people are ready for a leader who will change the national attitude from political bickering to a shared vision for our future. A leader who will bring us together, one who understands the challenges we face.”

The committee says it received contributions from 9,167 donors in less than one month and spent just over $625,000 in the same timeframe.

Thompson, who is not yet an official candidate, created a presidential exploratory committee, also known as a “testing the waters” committee, in early June. Federal law required the former senator to register the committee with the Internal Revenue Service as a so-called “527” organization, which he may later convert to a federal campaign committee once he declares his candidacy.

He is expected to officially launch his campaign after Labor Day.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Steven in Charleston, SC

    I don't know what the expectations were, but given the degree to which Fred Thompson has been touted as Ronald Regan reincarnated and the Republicans' answer to just about everything, $3.4 doesn't sound too impressive, especially when compared to the war-chests that Guiliani and Romney have in place. Is it possible that this "campaign" will wind up being much ado about nothing?

    July 31, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Its time for you to put up or shutup freddy boy..

    July 31, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. John, Ca.

    So, he has about the the same amount in the bank as John McCain. I'm not too worried!

    July 31, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jason, Seattle, WA

    I know who Ronald Regan would support!

    “Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.”

    Ronald Regan

    Ron Paul was one of Ronald Regan’s first supporters by the way. People who consider themselves conservatives and republicans and yet still bash Ron Paul need to do some more reading and self reflection.

    July 31, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. John, Edina, MN


    Amen to that! It's disheartening to see all of these so-called Reagan supporters completely disregarding the fact that RONALD REAGAN would SUPPORT RON PAUL. I seriously cannot comprehend why they block that out of their mind. It's so puzzling!

    July 31, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Mark, Lavallette, NJ

    Fred Thompson wouldnt stand a chance against either Clinton or Obama, and his weak fundraising just underscores that.

    July 31, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Dwight, Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Given that Thompson isn't even a candidate yet, this is a decent showing. Remember that he is polling at 20-25%+ without spending a dime. That more than anything else points to the power of this movement. The money will follow once he announces.

    Conservatives are gathering around Thompson, and his appeal will reach the swing voters as well. RUN FRED RUN!

    July 31, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Robert, Edwards AFB, CA

    How do you spend $625,000 if you havn't even announced you're running yet!?

    July 31, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Keith Guice Franklin, Tn

    Just what the country needs...another lazy GOP president. Fred did nothing in the Senate but chase women and that left him so tired that he couldn't or wouldn't work. Maybe if Fred gets elected, we can look forward to a new President going for W's record of most vacation days for a President.

    July 31, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. ch

    just as i suspected, only someone as lazy as fred could only manage to squeeze 3 million in a month given his immense amount of free media and buzz. what a lazy loser.

    he has proven by not getting in and not taking advantage of the momentum that grew behind him that he is not up to the job of winning hte general election. do republicans want to nominate someone who will do his campaigning from his office at his home inside the beltway.


    July 31, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    You know, Thompson would probably be a great selection as Giuliani's VP. Would help greatly with Southern voters and the team might not lose a state!

    July 31, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Steven in Charleston, SC


    I hate to disagree, but I think Thompson's less-than-stellar financial showing demonstrates that his 20-25% in the polls is not so much that conservatives are excited about him as it is that they are underwhelmed with their other choices. If they really were behind Thompson, they would have ponied up a LOT more money than $3.4 million.

    July 31, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    A Face that only a Mother Could Love – Maybe.

    July 31, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  14. Chris Raleigh,NC

    Fred is doing things his way. . . it's too early to jump into the fray and most of us are enjoying our summer and not caring one ioda about these candidates. Sure, I believe Democrats are afraid of him; but we'll see if he gets in. Now or later, everyone has a chance!

    August 1, 2007 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  15. Carl, Dallas, TX

    Just what the country needs…another lazy GOP president. Fred did nothing in the Senate but chase women and that left him so tired that he couldn’t or wouldn’t work. Maybe if Fred gets elected, we can look forward to a new President going for W’s record of most vacation days for a President.
    Posted By Keith Guice Franklin, Tn : July 31, 2007 4:49 pm

    Keith, so what's the difference between him not doing anything and Obama and Clinton not doing anything other than trying to run for president.

    All they do is complain about things not getting done when they have the power NOW to change it...

    Dont' blast one side and think the other is perfect... nothing is perfect

    August 3, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  16. vote republican

    I have to admit that Fred Thompson is a breath of fresh air in politics....It could happen "President Thompson.' Good Luck to him and he may have my vote.

    September 7, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |