It's (finally) official. After months of raising money and talking like a bona fide presidential hopeful, lawyer turned lobbyist, senator turned actor, and current InfoCision client, Fred Thompson announced this week that he is officially in the race to add president to his resume. For months Thompson has been raising money through a 527 committee, "Friends of Fred Thompson," which some analysts said was his attempt to dodge federal campaign finance rules by not filing reports with the Federal Election Commission. Although Thompson's campaign had hoped to raise about $5 million this way, the committee had brought in about $2 million by the end of July, with law firms, retirees and the real estate industry contributing most. More than half of his haul came from his home state of Tennessee. Some of his top donors include employees of the investment adviser INS Capital Management, the Missouri-based holding company Gannon International and the Washington law and lobbying firm Akin, Gump. Individual supporters include Howard Baker, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who played for the University of Tennessee in college; and William Haslam, mayor of Knoxville.
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