Sunday, August 5, 2007

Fred Thompson Reveals His Finances

Republican Fred Thompson, (Pictured with his wife Jeri.) who has all but said he's running for president, filed the financial report for his "testing the waters" committee this week. It revealed he raised just under $3.5 million in June. Unfortunately the Center For Responsive Politics researchers, who like to throw such reports into databases and analyze them, Thompson's report to the IRS isn't in an electronic format that we can easily process. (His "Friends of Fred Thompson" exploratory committee is a 527 committee, which reports to the IRS, not yet a campaign committee that would report to the FEC.) If you'd like to see who Thompson's donors are and where they live and work, the raw filing is on the IRS's website. *IRS filing for Friends of Fred Thompson:

Thompson got a big home-state boost with almost half the money came from Tennessee donors - $1.67 million from 789 donors.

Although Thompson is expected to bill himself as a populist outsider when he enters the presidential race in September, the contribution report that his aides released is peppered with donations from the inside-the-Beltway crowd.

That included a $2,300 contribution from Douglas Feith, the former undersecretary of defense and one of the most vocal advocates of the war in Iraq, and a donation from David Bossie, the head of Citizens United, a Washington-based conservative grass-roots group.

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