Washington (CNN) – As he weighs a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry is in California meeting with people who could be key backers: businessmen and politicians.
CNN has learned Perry on Wednesday met with Alex Spanos, a major San Diego businessman and part co-owner of the San Diego Chargers football team who has been a supporter of Perry's in the past as well as some others who could be financial backers if he mounts a campaign.
"He charmed the birds right out of the trees," a Republican consultant familiar with the meeting told CNN.
Perry on Thursday is meeting with businessmen in Los Angeles as well as a group of politicians in Orange County and several dozen state legislators in Sacramento.
Perry's spokesman Mark Miner denies the visit is connected to his possible campaign and says the governor is focusing on getting more companies to bring jobs to Texas as he has done in previous trips to California.
"The trip has nothing to do with a presidential run," Miner told CNN. "This is nothing different than what he has done many times" in the past trying to spur job creation in the state.
In some of these meetings Perry "is mostly getting advice," is asking about the political and economic landscape but is not requesting money or commitments if he decides to mount a campaign, David Carney, an adviser to Perry told CNN. Some of those he is meeting with have been involved in past campaigns in the state.
Perry has said he is now seriously considering entering the GOP nomination fight after he received increased pressure to run.
Carney and some other advisers as well as volunteers have been recently reaching out to activists in key early states to get their take.
Perry is expected to make some phone calls to activists next week, Carney said.
"At some point in the near future we will sit down and go through the results of the assessment project," Carney told CNN.
"We still have a lot of work to do," he said. "Our biggest but not only dilemma can we raise enough money to be competitive and leave enough time to campaign."