Is Fred Thompson’s Campaign in Trouble?

December 21, 2007 by  
Filed under Opinion

We all know Ron Paul supporters will come out of the woodworks when it is time for a “money bomb.” When the revolutionaries conjure up a new idea, they don’t take any chances. Goals are set high. So high they even have a blimp now (That has to be a Presidential Campaign First).

I received a series of e-mails from the Thompson campaign in the last 24 hours. As every other campaign is doing, they are trying to get that last surge of money before the end of the quarter. Ron Paul isn’t hiding how much he has raised and that must be concerning to many other campaigns. Below you will find the e-mails I have received. The first one came in at 12pm on 12/20.

I need to ask a personal favor this morning. Yesterday, Fred taped a special message from “The Clear Conservative Choice: Hands Down” bus tour of Iowa. My favor is to ask you to go to to see his important message.

Frankly, we need your financial help. Our tour in Iowa is going great, and the momentum is on our side. Just this week, Fred was endorsed by the highly regarded Congressman Steve King of the 5th Congressional District of Iowa.

This is a crucial endorsement and Congressman King will be on the bus with Fred while touring his district. (Be sure to check out our updated accounts of the tour with great new video footage of events and commentary from Fred Fans at each stop at You will really enjoy it!) Also, the tone of the press coverage of the campaign has turned very positive. The foremost political writer in Iowa, David Yepsen, wrote on Tuesday to keep an eye on Fred. He’s poised to make a big move.

Others have noted the energy Fred is showing on the stump and the aggressive attitude toward retail campaigning. The coverage has been remarkable. Now we need to increase our media buy–so we need your donation today.

I know it’s the Holiday Season, but what could be a better gift for America than a clear, conservative President?
A President we can be proud of?
Fred Thompson.

Go to our website–hear it from Fred himself, and see the reactions of supporters all across Iowa. Then make your $50, $75, or $100 contribution today.

Don’t delay.

Thanks for your support–and Happy Holidays to you.

I begin to question how strong their grassroots effort is though after the second e-mail. Oddly enough, they must have some server problems somewhere too. The time stamp on the email is 6pm on the 20th. It arrives in my inbox approximately 27 hours later.

Earlier today you received an e-mail from me asking you to watch Fred’s message from the bus in Iowa. Hundreds have responded, and in just about five hours we have raised over $50,000. Due to this wonderful response, I would like to challenge everyone who hasn’t contributed today to join in. Please, help us double that amount and raise over $100,000 online today!

Fred is counting on you!

Here’s what I need you to do: First, watch Fred’s message at It was taped on the bus during “The Clear Conservative Choice: Hands Down!” tour yesterday. As you probably know, Fred is making his way to over 50 key cities and towns before the Iowa Caucuses.

Second, make a contribution. I know now is a tough time, right at Christmas, but it’s a critical time for Fred. He needs your help.

Third, I will report the results to Fred in the morning–I know he would really be fired up if we can make this goal. He is working hard every day, and your support will mean so much.

The Iowa Caucuses are only two weeks from today. We are running out of time.

Please watch the video, and contribute today.Thanks so much for your help

As you progress through the second e-mail, I realize that only hundreds of people donated to raise $50K. Their response is positive, but the goal they set doesn’t seem to optimistic, it’s only $100K. I have not received the actual results of this fund-raising effort yet.

After reading these communications, I am quite sure there is some concern in the house of Thompson. I am not a political expert by any means, but the lack of small donations displays a huge flaw in his grassroots organization. The “Consistent Conservative” that should be reaching the average American (who should have internet access) doesn’t appear to be gaining any ground. I also read a sense of urgency in these communications. Not sure that it is desperate yet.

We have seen a restructuring of his campaign methodology as well. Iowa wasn’t a big priority in the beginning and neither was New Hampshire. Fred was counting on South Carolina. Suddenly, he is spending an awful lot of time in Iowa and has completely cut out New Hampshire. He hasn’t been in South Carolina much recently either.

A common joke earlier in the primary season is “Where’s Fred?” I think that statement may not be quite a joke any more. I think the real question should be:

Is Fred Thompson’s campaign in trouble?

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  • Jeffrey Sewell

    We are feeling exactly the same down here in South Carolina, where is Fred?

  • Chris

    The internet is so bias towards Ron Paul.

    Why does Fred want money from poor people? He can make ten times the money from a fraction of the people if he deals with the special interests. That way he doesn’t even have to shake hands with the filthy people Ron Paul does nor does he have to endure crazed fans everywhere he goes. Fred’s fans have class; they won’t even applaud without Fred permission.

    Anyway, Fred’s having a new money drive soon; all you have to do is pawn your guns and donate the money to the campaign. That way when he can continue his caviar baths and when elected president, he won’t have to spend so much grabbing the guns (see what a fiscally conservative genius he is?). We call it “2 birds, 1 stone for Fred day.”

  • Joe

    He needs to step aside, no matter how much campaigning he does Iowa is not coming out for Fred he will be behind, Romney, McCain and Huckabee

    Then Ron Paul beats him in New Hampshire, In SC it will be the same three as in Iowa….

    There is no grassroots for him in SC, and his campaign guy here is worthless…..There have always been in trouble and it won’t change Santa cannot work that kind of magic!

  • Bev Mathiew

    Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.