Son of former Rep. Wamp raises $175,000 to challenge Fleischmann

Weston Wamp, the 24-year-old son of former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), raised more than $175,000 in the first three months of 2012 for his primary bid to unseat Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.).

Wamp’s campaign said he left the first quarter with $436,000 in the bank and having raised almost a half-million dollars to date. It’s not a huge haul, especially for someone challenging an incumbent in the primary, but it’s also not an expensive state. The campaign said its entire haul came from individual contributions and that it hadn’t taken any political action committee money.

Wamp’s father held the Chattanooga-area seat immediately before Fleischmann.

Reports for the first quarter aren’t due to the Federal Election Commission for another few weeks, but Fleischmann’s campaign told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he had raised about $200,000 during the quarter and would have more than $750,000 on hand.