Fundraising consultant leaves Fred Thompson’s campaign

A top fundraising consultant for Fred Thompson in Tennessee has left the Republican’s likely presidential campaign.

Kim Kaegi, whose company was paid $35,000 in June, said Wednesday that her work was intended only to include the startup phase of the actor-politician’s “testing the waters” fundraising effort.

Thompson, who is expected to announce his presidential bid next month, on Tuesday reported collecting nearly $3.5 million in his first fundraising month. That total fell short of the $5 million target that his backers initially set, but Kaegi called it a “stretch” to speculate that her departure was related to lower-than-expected totals.

The Tennessean
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