Former Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential fundraising efforts have fallen short of expectations.
Press reports this week show that Thompson's almost-but-not-quite White House campaign has raised some $3.4 million to date. The campaign had expected to raise about $5 million.
Perhaps the senator's fundraising will increase if and when he formally announces his candidacy. One of the pundits we heard discussing the senator's money situation said the shortfall was "damaging, but not fatal."
As we have noted in earlier posts, the Fred Thompson buzz in Republican circles has been tremendous. But many questions remain about Thompson's viability.