Mr. Thompson has been fairly quiet on the fundraising front and has only $250,000 in the bank, according to the most recent filings, leading to widespread speculation that he will take a pass on 2013.
This fundraiser–and some of his advisers tell me that it is just one of several planned for the fall–should help quiet some of those notions.
Even with his late fundraising start, Mr. Thompson would be a formidable candidate should he jump in the race. He retains high name identification from his 2009 run–in which he came much closer than expected to knocking off the heavily funded Mike Bloomberg–and would likely pull a significant amount of support in African-American communities.
But without a current office, Mr. Thompson still faces an uphill climb in raising enough money to be competitive.
The invitation says that “contributions are welcome but not required” and it will be held at the lawfirm of Stroock Stroock and Lavan, where a Thompson aide tells me the former comptroller has close ties among some of the partners.