Corker Quickly Sets Up Re-Election Fund

Chattanooga (AP) -- Senator-elect Bob Corker has created a committee to handle fundraising for a 2012 re-election campaign.

Corker says the Bob Corker for Senate 2012 Committee was created immediately for technical reasons and doesn't signal that he's already begun fundraising. It was organized a day after the November seventh election.

But political observers say Senate fundraising cycles last a full six years, rather than two.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Bob Tuke says that's further evidence that campaigns are too driven by money.

Candidates must file with the Federal Election Commission once they raise or spend five-thousand dollars.

Spokesman Massie Ritsch, of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, says it's necessary for Corker to have a fundraising committee ready to take on a potential serious challenger in 2012.

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