Source: Times Free Press | Andy Sher | October 20, 2019

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Congressman Chuck Fleischmann recalls, while in Washington D.C., first hearing the news of the July 16, 2015, shootings. The Wreath of Honor Memorial, honoring the five servicemen who lost their lives during the tragic shootings in Chattanooga, was dedicated at the Tennessee Riverpark on October 19, 2019.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann came out on top among Tennessee’s nine congressmen on political fundraising during the third quarter with a campaign war chest totaling $1.6 million for the 2020 elections, according to federal filings.

The five-term Ooltewah congressman, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, reported contributions of $238,338 in July 1-Sept. 30 disclosure to the Federal Election Commission for the 2020 campaign cycle.

“Our team will ensure Congressman Fleischmann is well prepared for victory in November 2020, as he seeks to continue serving the people of the Third District and [works] alongside President Trump to deliver results for the people he represents,” Dalton Temple of consulting firm Hill City Strategies said in a statement.

After spending $57,191, Fleischmann reported having $1,607,609 in cash on hand on Sept. 30. Disclosures were due to the FEC last week.

Coming in at No. 2 on campaign cash in the bank was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat representing the 9th Congressional District. Cohen disclosed $101,450 in contributions, spending $16,253 and having $1.2 million on hand.

In adding having the most money on hand, Fleischmann’s nearly quarter-million-dollar haul last quarter was also the most raised by anyone in the Tennessee House delegation.

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