Group supporting Perry aims to raise $55 million
September 6th, 2011
11:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Group supporting Perry aims to raise $55 million

Washington (CNN) - A new super political action committee backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry is aiming to spend $55 million through next spring to help him gain the Republican presidential nomination, a source familiar with the group's plans confirmed.

That amount will probably eclipse what the Perry campaign itself is able to spend in that period, the source said.

The SuperPAC, called "Make Us Great Again," is being run by one of Perry's former key aides.

Concerning the group's spending goal, a spokesman for "Make Us Great Again" told CNN that figure was in an "early planning document" that he said is now outdated.

"As the dynamics of this primary have changed, so have our targets and spending," Jason Miller said.

SuperPACs are able to raise unlimited amounts of money and are not bound by the Federal Election Commission restrictions regarding a $2,500 limit on donation per person to a campaign for the primary and separately for the general election.

One of the major trends of this campaign year has been the rise of these groups. Several of these committees have recently formed to support the Republican candidates, including Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Democrats, who point to the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads and other GOP organizations as major factors in the 2010 election, are also getting in the game forming committees to support President Obama as well as their congressional candidates. Under federal election rules these PACs cannot coordinate their activities with the campaigns.

These groups could also attack the other contenders and their records without the candidate himself or herself being accused of going negative.

In its pitch and coming ads, "Make Us Great Again" is expected to heavily tout Perry's record as governor and a leader. On its website, the PAC states "Texas has outpaced the nation in job creation, accounting for 45% of all newly created jobs in America. Today, Texas is one of the few states in the nation that is home to more jobs than before the recession." It also talks about how Texas has spurred growth by lowering taxes and reducing regulations – points Perry emphasizes on the campaign trail.

Those successes have drawn the ire of Perry's critics who point to some of the less favorable statistics for the state under Perry's tenure, including how Texas ranks vs. other states on providing health care and on poverty.

NBC News first reported the committee's spending goal.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Stienhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Can you say special interest group? I wonder what special treatment Gov. Yeehaw is going to give these people for supporting him. I thought Blago was bad. This guy is Mr. Pay To Play.

    September 6, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Bill

    He is going to need a lot more than that to be competitive.

    September 6, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    'Those successes have drawn the ire of Perry's critics who point to some of the less favorable statistics for the state under Perry's tenure, including how Texas ranks vs. other states on providing health care and on poverty. '

    NOT a good candidate to pin your hopes on, GOPers. Just saying.

    September 6, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. PK California

    Perry is just another Bush! You can't do in the US what you can do in Texas. It is one of the cheapest states in the country to buy a home. It has lots of jobs because companies that want low overhead and cheap labor go there. Try luring high paying jobs to Ca. It ain't gonna happen! Homes are some of the highest as is cost of living and gas, in the country. The GOP is promising the moon but all we'll get is more Bush!

    September 6, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. REG in AZ

    There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that, just like with GWBush, there are those extremely wealthy, influential and powerful few who will strongly back Perry with finances and covert and overt efforts to effectively have another "puppet" to again aggressive serve their interests and once more rationalize neglecting all other responsibilities. The personalities and willingness to let others "pull the strings" are literally the same. To ever return to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, that greatly contributed to the problems we have, would be a total catastrophe. The proof is in seeing how the wealthy always gain and the majority, especially the total middle-class, continually loose under their direction.

    September 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    well I guess all that misused stimulus money has run out. Wonder if our "guvner" is going to ask Obama for and the feds for some aid with the wildfires down here. Maybe not though since Perry claims he wants us LESS as dependent on government as possible, therefore BURN BABY BURN!!

    September 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Wes B.

    Make Us Great Again? Yeah right–by using the same policies George W. Bush used to run the country into the ground???

    Give me a break.

    September 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Our gov't already sent him 3/4 of the money to fight those fires - what did he use THAT money for? He used stimulus money to balance his budget and is still in debt. Guess he can't add any more government jobs for his buddies at this time, but hey - send him monney - he'll pay you a LOT when he's president.

    September 6, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. paul

    Let me guess, Koch brothers???? If they can get Perry elected they will control the markets (with pollution regulation dropped) and they stand to make billions. Please, no more presidents from Texas

    September 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. MTATL67

    Texas is a head in state debt under the Secessionist governor. The hypocrisy of Republicans and those fiscal terrorist call the Tea party astounds me. They say President Obama is over spending but they are supporting a man that has run up Texas debt to around $27B and is still borrowing money from the Federal government. Isn't that the whole point of their platform not to run up debt.

    September 6, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Hankins

    I sell equipment and my vertical is energy and healthcare. I have met numerous execs who said their corporations are going to spend big money this year on whoever wins the GOP nomination. One told me they expect retaliation from Obama and friends if they lose so they will spread it around in ways that are not as obvious but of course still within the law. Another told me we have already budgeted big money to get rid of Obama. One private energy company said they are getting screwed no matter what so they are not even going to act impartial.

    September 6, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. TomGI

    Since Perry is supported by the Christian Dominists and is probably a secret member of The Family, I would think it safe to say those groups are closely connected to "Make Us Great Again."

    September 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. TomGI

    Typo, meant to say Dominionists on my post.

    September 6, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hankins wrote:
    I sell equipment and my vertical is energy and healthcare. I have met numerous execs who said their corporations are going to spend big money this year on whoever wins the GOP nomination.
    ------------–
    Translation: Whomever wins the GOP nomination will be full throat puppet for big business, and anti-middle class. They want a candidate who can help shape the funnel cloud of money flowing to the top, AND STAYING THERE.

    September 6, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This Super PAC is more than likely foreign money, mostly Chinese Government. But who will ever know what country is buying our politicians anymore, thanks to the republicans on the U.S. Supreme court who sold our elections to "anonymous donors".

    September 6, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |