Bill Haslam announced Monday he has raised $1.3 million in the past 10 weeks for his campaign for governor, giving the Republican front-runner $7 million altogether.
Zach Wamp, one of Haslam's two Republican rivals, said his campaign raised more than $500,000 in the reporting period that ended March 31. That makes $3.2 million that Wamp has raised. He said he has $2.2 million in cash remaining.
The other Republican in the race, Ron Ramsey, was barred by law from fundraising during the legislative session. At last report in January, he had raised nearly $3 million.
Haslam said he now has financial support in all 95 Tennessee counties from more than 9,000 contributions, which his campaign called "indicative of the depth and breadth of support for his proven executive experience."
“The broad-based financial support Bill Haslam has received is indicative of Tennesseans’ enthusiasm for his unique combination of successful private-sector and public-sector executive experience,” said Brad Martin, a member of Haslam’s finance team.
Last week, Haslam released a new TV ad selling himself as a loving husband and church-goer. According to the Associated Press, the campaign is spending only about $23,000 to run the ad on Fox News through the middle of this month in the state's four largest media
Wamp said: “Our fundraising success puts us right where we need to be at just the right time and helps us communicate our 20/20 Vision for an even better Tennessee. This election is about ideas, vision and passion and how to make Tennessee even better, not just about money. So we don’t need the most money to win but just enough to carry our message to more voters all across Tennessee.”