It has been a long time, if ever, when a non-candidate has both built support in polls and attracted media attention.
Everyone expects him to run… even his own campaign:
Okay. So it sounds like he’s getting ready to run… so how much has he raised thus far?? Well, a little more than $3 million for the month of June. But it is being cast as a problem.
… he had a lackluster fundraising period, even though he is only in exploratory mode. Reports have put the figure at $3 million for June, below the campaign’s $5 million goal. Many writers pounced on this and said the bloom is of the rose for the man who once uttered, “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”
Of course, I prefer the “What’s his plan?” line… but I digress.
In response to Thompsons fund raising totals, the Politico wrote:
Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources.
Thompson plans to make the disclosure in a filing with the Internal Revenue Service, as he continues to operate his prospective campaign as a political organization that does not require disclosure to the Federal Election Commission.
Many Republicans had seen the “Law & Order” actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee as a potential savior in a tough election cycle.
He attracted support from such top-shelf party figures as Mary Matalin, Liz Cheney, George P. Bush and other GOP stalwarts who saw him as a potential Hillary Clinton slayer.
But many Republicans have turned queasy as Thompson has ousted part of his original brain trust and repeatedly delayed his official announcement, which is now planned for shortly after Labor Day, in the first two weeks of September.
Okay. He’s not officially running, but he’s already failing to live up to expectations.
Well, Ben Kelly – head of the Fred Thompson MeetUp group – sent this email:
While many consider $3,000,000 a “flop” in candidate fund raising for Fred Thompson’s exploratory committee, a fact that seems to go ignored is that Fred Thompson’s first month beats that of Giuliani and McCain.
Indeed, Fred Thompson raised more that ten times Giuliani did in his first month, and beat McCain’s starting month by three times.
Here’s the initial exploratory month (from the time they started taking money) for GOP candidates…
Giuliani – total raised in first month (Nov. 15-Dec. 15): $258,660
McCain – total raised in first month (Nov. 14-Dec. 14): $1,130,351
“Ah.” as Khan would say, “Not so wounded as we were led to believe. So much the better.”
Hat tip to Wayne Garcia for the Newsmax and Politico links …