3rd District Cash on Hand: Fleishman $750K, Wamp $436K, Mayfield $416K

Dairy executive Scottie Mayfield said he raised $450,648 in the first seven weeks of his inaugural run for office, setting a quarterly fundraising record in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District and positioning himself as a serious challenger to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
More from Chris Carroll’s report on fundraising:
The previous all-time quarterly breadwinner was Fleischmann, a freshman Republican who raised $321,230 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year.
…Wamp, 25, son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, raised $307,646 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, his first three months in the race.
Stacking their first quarters head to head, Mayfield — with five fewer weeks to operate — raised about $143,000 more than Wamp.
Asked for comment, Wamp said Saturday the bulk of Mayfield’s donors live “out-of-touch” lives in affluent 3rd District communities.
“Scottie Mayfield’s got a lot of wealthy friends,” Wamp said. “I’m not surprised. … A lot of these are blue-blood investor types on Lookout Mountain.”..
….Fleischmann aides said he raised more than $200,000 during 2012’s first quarter and has at least $750,000 to spend before the Aug. 2 primary election. Wamp reported $436,080 after first-quarter expenses, and Mayfield’s campaign said it had $416,122 on hand. Most of the money is earmarked for the Republican primary.

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