The presidential campaign of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced today it had raised $1.07 million and with super PAC support could count on nearly $18 million.
Perry announced his campaign for president June 4 and the FEC reporting period ended June 30. In addition, the campaign said that PACs supporting Perry that were formed independent of his campaign brought the total amount raised “to nearly $18 million.”
“Americans are looking for a tested leader with an optimistic vision for the future, and we are pleased with the broad support Gov. Perry is receiving across the country,” said Perry campaign manager Jeff Miller. “Governor Perry is well positioned and between the campaign and independent sources, the necessary funds will be in place to run a competitive, successful campaign.”
Candidates are touting the combined figures from retail fundraising for their campaigns and the large, unlimited amounts collected by super PACs that support them.
Perry is not at the moment in the first or second tier of the 16 GOP candidates either announced or expected to run for president - although he is expected to make the top 10 cut off for the first Republican debate Aug. 6.
Perry is counting on his 14 year record as governor to attract supporters to keep him in the race.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign said this week that it raised $11.6 million after his June announcement but the super PAC that supports him, Right to Rise, had collected $103 million. Bush was on an aggressive fundraising drive for the super PAC until his June 15 presidential announcement when federal rules dictate that the candidate and the super PAC operate independently.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday that his campaign had raised $10 million in the second quarter and combined with money raised in the first quarter and $37 million from super PACs that support him totaled $51 million.