(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million dollars from more than 22,000 unique contributors in the first seven weeks of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Perry's presidential campaign announced Wednesday morning that he also has $15 million cash on hand, as of Sept. 30, the end of the third quarter of fundraising.
Perry announced his run for the White House on Aug. 13, half way into the third quarter. His campaign said the vast majority of the money raised by Perry is for use in the primaries and caucuses, with just $50,000 of the funds designated for general election use.
Team Perry said they received donations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, with 51 percent of the donors hailing from outside Texas.
"The generous contributions from Americans across the nation prove the overwhelming support for Gov. Perry's principled, conservative leadership and vision to get America working again," Perry Campaign Manager Rob Johnson said in a statement.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will report raising between $11 and $13 million over the last three months, according to a source familiar with the tally. That total is less than the $18.2 million Romney collected during the previous fundraising quarter. Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho would not confirm the total but said a downturn in fundraising is normal during the course of a campaign.
Friday was the deadline for the third fundraising quarter of 2011, but campaigns are not required to report their totals until Oct. 15.
The quarterly totals will be watched for signs of each campaign's financial strength, but no report will be as closely scrutinized as Perry's.
Perry quickly shot to the top of national polls after his late entrance into the race, but has dropped in those surveys in the past week after two uneven debate performances and criticism by the other campaigns over his stance on illegal immigration and Social Security.
Perry is one of the most prolific GOP fundraisers in the country, but federal finance laws are stricter than those in Texas.
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Perry cannot be bought for $5000, but for $300000, he will sign his away mom's soul.
I guess his friends in the " bidness" community must have ponied up fast: I wonder if they will keep doing so after they discover he's actually done some things that liberals might like?
Well we know from his own mouth that Perry`s price for being "bought" is more than $5,000 so we`d expect him to have a good haul. If the Merck situation, the minimum price is at least $28,500. [To bad Ms. Bachmann didn`t have HER VERSION of the FACTS right in the debate. She could have called Perry out for lying on live TV to over 300 million Americans.
Regarding Perry`s money watch two things; money from outside Texas / Oil & Gas, and how it trends from August to December. Like a watch on the Texas unemployment rate, the trend will not be favorable.
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I'm sure the Governor is sleeping better knowing he has 30 million in his coffers !
It's interesting to note that cash continues to flow into the coffers of a candidate shown to ver very poorly suited for the office of POTUS. Couild his comment "If you think I can be bought for $5,000... Then I'm offended" have something to do with the donations. His inference showed lobbyists that his price was higher than $5000 – but he certsainly had a price. For the corporate world – that price makes him the perfect candidate! Five thousand dollars is "budget dust" in that community.
Parry sounds so much like Bush, but more arrogant & ignorant – as if anybody even thought that was possible?!
Can people really be that reckless to repeat their mistakes of supporting another false bravado half-wit wanna-be from Texass?
With the kind of money Mittens and Perry are raking in, you have to ask, "Where is Palin, and why isn't she getting in on this?"
While the citizens in his State of Texas are making min. wage working two to three jobs to make ends meet.
Ever wonder where all this money comes from. Sure not folks paying a mortgage and electric bill. Those are the people they represent. Not us working stiffs.
I wouldn't read anything into Gov. Romney's drop in fund raising. The past quarter has typically shown a drop from the spring for any candidate. The article seems to want to imply that potential Romney donors gave to Perry, instead. I don't read the tea leaves that way. No doubt, Perry had a number of donors lined before entering the race, and probably picked up some once he got in the race.
Even if Romney collects less, he'll still end up winning the nomination. Perry was the "flavor of the week," but Romney is the best candidate to beat Obama and turn this country around.
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million dollars from more than 22,000 unique contributors in the first seven weeks of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination."
Not to rain on Perry's "fundraising" parade here, but what exactly is a "unique" contributor? Just curious.
Is that going to be applied towards Texas $27B debt?
Of the 17million, how much did he raise in the last two weeks?
Think we should do away with Medicare and Social security? Then Rick Perry’s your man.
Are you a big fan of cronyism and influence pedaling? Think the Office of President should be for sale? Again, Rick Perry is your man.
Hate clean air and water? Don’t like the EPA? Rick’s your man.
Don’t think that deep water oil drilling should be regulated and held to safety standards? Want to increase pollution? Rick’s your man.
Texas is 43rd in education and last in healthcare for its citizens. Want that for the whole country? Rick’s your man.
Think kids should get a poor education in order to provide businesses with a good supply of minimum wage workers? Rick’s your man.
Hate Wall Street reform and consumer protection laws? Rick’s your man.
Rick Perry is associated with hate groups and is a poster boy for hypocrisy and he is a serial liar.
Almost 20% of Texans live in poverty and 25% don’t have health coverage.
Corporations are people too, Way to sell out American People Rick....
Perry should be the Tea Party`s choice to run on a separate ticket. ---– Go Perry, Go. The nation needs a taste of what we have been suffering thru the last several years. He`ll certainly bring jobs to the USA. -– Mostly minimum wage or below and part-time too -–as he has done for Texas.
22,000 Morons sending money to another moron. Sad. $17 million dollars wasted on this guy instead of being put toward the economy and something meaningful