Congressional colleagues help Fleischmann collect $370K in one afternoon

Third District Congressman Chuck had his most successful fundraiser ever on Friday, reports the Times-Free Press, with U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and 8th District U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., on hand to help out.

When Fleischmann arrived, federal reports show his campaign had nearly $147,000 on hand. By the time he left, he had more than $500,000.

The Ooltewah lawyer raised more than $370,000 Friday afternoon alone.

For perspective, in 2013 and 2014 combined, Fleischmann raised a total of $1.6 million.

The purse was the biggest Fleischmann has ever collected at one time.

“This time, I am making sure we have the financial wherewithal early, so we can defend any primary challenge,” Fleischmann said after the event. “I’d prefer to have no primary challenger, but I’ll be ready.”

Fleischmann has never had an easy primary run in three elections to date.