Thompson filed papers on Friday.

I’ve received a few e-mails inquiring as to a Fred Thompson announcement.  Well, one may not happen.  The ‘low profile filing’ seems to have occurred on Friday.  I’m trying to get confirmation.

Washington, D.C. – “Law and Order” actor Fred Thompson has created a
fundraising committee that will allow him to begin raising money for a
possible presidential campaign, according to Tennessee officials.

Law and Order actor Fred Thompson has created a fundraising committee that will allow him to begin raising money for a possible presidential campaign, according to Tennessee officials.

Thompson filed papers Friday with the Tennessee Secretary of State
creating “Friends of Fred Thompson,” a state-based corporation that
will raise and spend money to gauge interest and support for a possible
Thompson White House bid.

Under federal law, prospective candidates are allowed to raise and
spend money to “test the waters” for a bid for federal office without
having to create a federal campaign committee. However, once a
candidate declares his or her candidacy, the candidate must then go
back and report any money raised and spent during the “testing the
waters” phase. These organizations have been called both “exploratory”
and “testing the waters” committees.

The advantage to Thompson in creating a state committee is that it
allows him to begin raising money for a possible presidential campaign,
but exempts him from having to file a detailed campaign finance report
for this quarter. All declared candidates with federal committees must
report any money they’ve raised and spent through June 30 in reports
due to the FEC on July 15. Assuming Thompson does not create a federal
campaign committee until after June 30, any money raised and spent
before then would not need to be reported until mid-October.

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