Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rick Perry's army goes from mercenary to volunteer overnight

This is my favorite fundraising story of the 2016 campaign (and maybe ever).  The lawyers, guns, and money have all moved on.

Updated at 10:32 p.m.: The Rick Perry presidential campaign has stopped paying his staff at the national headquarters in Austin as well as in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune reported late Monday. The report cited a Republican familiar with the Perry campaign who demanded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Original post: In a clear sign of financial woes, the Rick Perry presidential campaign is no longer issuing pay checks to his staff in South Carolina.

The development was first reported by the National Journal.

South Carolina state director Katon Dawson told the Journal, “Pay is only one reason people do this. We’ll be able to live off the land for a while.”

The last pay checks were issued two weeks ago, Dawson said.

Once again, our glorious-haired, shaded-by-indictment former governor will be among the early exits in the presidential primary.  He had a good run for a long time, but karma is catching up its ledger with him now.

Update: This piece from the CSM suggests he's going to be abe to hold out a while longer.

In Perry’s case, two wealthy Texans – retired data company founder Darwin Deason and pipeline company executive Kelcy L. Warren – are largely responsible for backing his two super PACs, Opportunity and Freedom and Opportunity and Freedom I, Politico reports. Between them, Mr. Deason and Mr. Warren contributed $11 million of the $12.8 million the two groups raised in the first half of the year.

A third super PAC, created in July, collected another $4 million from a single donor, according to CNN.

“Here are the facts: We have plenty of money to put him in position to finish in the top three or even win Iowa,” (the senior adviser to Perry's super PACs, Mr. Austin) Barbour told the Times.  

So if we indeed have him to kick around some more, that's not all bad, either.

1 comment:

Katy Anders said...

Poor Governor Rick.

He has the look. He has the resume. He's just not impressive when he speaks.