If fund raising goes hand-in-hand with a candidate’s chance at a presidential ticket, then Fred Thompson’s opportunity may be slim.
From The Politico:
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.
With staffing and money problems, many Thompson supports are beginning to lose hope. Could it be because he has waited so long to announce his candidacy? Some speculate that he may not even announce his GOP run until September.
But going back to the whole “testing-the-waters” issue:
“There has been some criticism that the testing-the-waters committee is not such a testing-the-waters committee and that he’s running some sort of campaign,” said a Thompson adviser.
“He’s raising enough to test the waters, not run a full-fledged presidential campaign. He’s not a candidate.”
The adviser said the figure was enough for Thompson to hire some staff, do some travel and work on his policy initiatives.
“It’s not going to be a huge number for a presidential campaign. It’s a testing-the-waters-type number. The number will reflect that goal. He hasn’t been campaigning. He’s been talking to people about whether that figure is the direction he definitely wants to go.”
Come on Fred…run already! The other candidates are quite boring and are losing my attention fast. Besides, whoever is directing you to make these untimely decisions should be fired. You’ll never have a chance if you keep going this way.
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