Haslam gives $400K to his Tenn. gubernatorial bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Bill Haslam may be lapping the Republican gubernatorial field in the fundraising department, but that's not stopping him from pouring in some of his own wealth.

The Knoxville mayor's campaign finance report Monday night showed he gave his campaign $400,000 in June. Early voting for the Aug. 5 primary will begin Friday.

Haslam noted that both of his Republican rivals -- state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp -- had already made personal contributions to their campaigns earlier in the race.

Haslam spent about $3.5 million in the quarter ending June 30, and raised $1.7 million from outside sources.

He would not tell reporters after a gubernatorial debate earlier Monday how much of his own money he will give to his campaign.

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