October 1st, 2007
05:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Thompson raises over $8 million in third quarter

Thompson will report raising over $8 million in the third quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will show that he raised more than $8 million over the past three months in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a source in the Thompson campaign tells CNN.

Thompson's upcoming Federal Elections Commission report will also show 70,000 donors have contributed to the former "Law and Order" star in the third quarter, according to the source, who requested anonymity because the campaign has not yet officially released the information.

Thompson formally entered the presidential race early last month, but he has been raising money since early June. The Tennessee Republican raised close to $3.5 million from approximately 9,000 donors in June, the final month of the second quarter.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jo, ATL GA

    how the mighty fall. 8 mill! is that it. i thought GOP voters had high hopes for this guy? what happened? I thought GOP claimed this is the best economy ever! ha.... they hate to share.

    October 1, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. EB Rideout

    How long will it take for GOP donors to realize Fred is going nowhere?

    Meanwhile, keep sending the money in – at least it isn't going to someone that could actually win the nomination.

    Nothing is as beautiful as GOP bucks going down the toilet.

    October 1, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. John, Augusta, GA

    Ouch! This guy was supposed to bring the Hollywood money in for the GOP. He was out raising money for the entire 3 months, and only came up with $8 million? Maybe Romney or Giuliani fared better, since Obama and Clinton are still raising $20 million apiece.

    I don't think the Republicans can count on being better funded this time. If W. had struggled to raise money in 1999 like Fred is in 2007, he never would have gotten close to the White House.

    October 1, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Sybil,ny

    When he fails in his quest, do you think he can go back to Law & Order?

    October 1, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. cindy

    GO Democrats!

    October 1, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Jason, Oakland, CA

    So he is actually admitting that money was illegally raised prior to declaring his presidential intent?

    There is one FEC investigation into his practices, should another be started?

    October 1, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. laurinda,ny

    I have never seen such a bunch of nuts all over the sites tonight. Why should anyone bother to vote with people like this running around. What did they do, close all the state hospitals. This is ridiculous.

    October 1, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    He is hurt by the fact that he appeals primarily to the "Bubba" crowd, and they ain't zactly rich, ya hear?

    October 1, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    All I can say to his contributors is: A fool and his/her money are soon parted.

    October 1, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. Steve, NY

    The relatively low figure of $8 million speaks volumes about Fred's candidacy. He is not generating the kind of excitement needed to win the nomination let alone the general election. The party would be better off if he would drop out, clearing the way for a true conservative to rally the base. That candidate is Mike Huckabee.

    October 2, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Paul F. Wiscasset, Me.

    It's obvious that the other comments here are from clowns who know Fred will destroy any of the weak resume lightweights in the democrat field!!!

    October 2, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Wow, you don't say!!! 11 Million will get you some things, but it won't get you a presidency at this point. Fred was the last to enter, I sure hope he is the first to leave.

    October 2, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Brian MD

    Right on Paul F. of Wiscasset, Me. Thompson is the one canidate that almost all republicans will vote for and he will get many dem votes that see him as the lesser of two evils. THe greater evil being hilary.

    October 2, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |