WASHINGTON (AP) - Undeclared Republican candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday reported raising nearly $3.5 million in one month for his expected presidential bid, lagging behind his backers' goal of $5 million.
The "Law & Order" actor and former Tennessee senator filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service that showed he spent about $625,000 in June, the first month that his preliminary campaign committee was operating.
At $3.46 million, the total raised fell short of the $5 million goal his backers initially set to reach in one month for his committee to "test the waters" of a presidential bid.
Thompson did, however, collect more than several other Republicans in their initial fundraising months as prospective candidates. Still, Thompson's take doesn't even compare to Mitt Romney's one-day $6.5 million haul.
The IRS filing is the first official indication of Thompson's financial situation but it gives only a partial picture. Only money collected and spent in June had to be reported. Under IRS rules, he didn't have to disclose money raised and spent in July, a month in which he held several large fundraisers.