Thompson’s Payouts to Son

Fred Thompson is not yet in the presidential race, but he has hired a de-factor campaign manager, and he’s now under a new level of scrutiny.

The latest comes from Avni Patel of ABC News’ The Blotter in a report that Thompson’s political action committee paid out more money to his son that it did in political donations.

Reports Patel, “Thompson’s committee paid $178,000 to his son’s political consulting firm, Daniel Thompson Associates, since 2003. In contrast, the committee made only $66,700 in contributions to other campaigns and political committees in the four years since Thompson retired from the Senate.”

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, tells The Blotter, “It raises eyebrows and calls into question whether this is self-dealing.”

Thompson could not immediately be reached for comment.

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