Three Million Dollar Spenders in 3rd District GOP Primary?

Aides to the three major Republican candidates in the 3rd Congressional District race tell the Chattanooga TFP that it could take $1 million to win the primary. Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp all have fundraisers scheduled to occur before the next financial disclosure deadline of March 31.
Records show at least 20 people have donated $500 or more to Fleischmann and Weston Wamp at some point, and several of those donors said they’ll contribute to Mayfield, too.
…Jim Berry, president of Republic Parking, already has given $5,000 to Fleischmann and $2,500 to Wamp, but said he plans on putting his full weight behind Mayfield.
“Scottie has a very good chance of winning,” Berry said. “I like to say I don’t like to support a loser.”
…Campaign finance records show the 20 duplicate donors have given a combined $41,600 to Fleischmann since he entered the 2010 GOP primary. The same group has donated $40,000 to Weston Wamp since he announced his candidacy in October.
Fourteen of the 20 contributed to Zach Wamp’s congressional campaigns, gubernatorial campaign or both.
Mayfield entered the race in early February, so he has not yet filed a financial disclosure.
According to the latest figures, current as of Dec. 31, Fleischmann led campaign funds with $617,000 on hand, and Wamp had $285,000 in the bank

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