June 30th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Perry campaign aide loses hair over fundraising

(CNN) - Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign is losing hair over fundraising, literally.

Perry's Political Director David White and Central Texas Field Director Jon McClellan challenged each other to see who could raise the most money for the Perry campaign in a 24-hour period. The loser had to receive a buzz-cut.

In last 24 hours, White and McClellan raised more than $15,000 together, said Perry's press secretary, Alejandro Garcia. Garcia could not specify how much each participant raised individually but confirmed that McClellan did receive a buzz-cut.

On Tuesday, the Perry campaign started a "money cannon" in the hope of raising $300,000 in one day, according to the Perry campaign's website. Wednesday was the fundraising deadline for the "money cannon."

The campaign more than tripled its goal by raising more than $1 million in the 24-hour period, according to the website.

Perry, Texas' Republican governor, is seeking re-election in November and will face off against Democrat Bill White, Houston's former mayor.

Asked about Perry's 24-hour fundraising push, the White campaign was critical.

"A money bomb or money cannon is supposed to be a grassroots effort to bring in thousands of new donations," White press secretary Katy Bacon, "but Rick Perry's cannon fodder always seems to come from just a few donors blasting huge contributions. The hype he creates around this is typical of a career politician who's all slick marketing."

Filed under: David White • Jon McClellan • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    Perry isn't great, but I'll take him over former Houston Gov. 'Sanctuary City Bill White'... Bill White will turn Texas into a sanctuary city for illegal aliens just like he did Houston. Bless the HPD officers that have lost their lives to the illegal aliens that have come into our city.

    June 30, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Too bad the haircut didn't include perry since that is all that he has going for him. I would have given money just to see him bald.
    It's funny about Texas though. Not only are their reps apologizing to BP for "the shakedown" but what's her face couldn't fill a 6,000 seat stadium.
    "A few donors blasting huge contributions"? I wonder who they are. Oil people? I guess the little people in Texas don't have the extra money perry's rich friends/contributors have to waste on him.

    June 30, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. William Jefferson

    They'll need all them greenbacks when hey seceed from the Union.

    Actually if Perry wanted to take Texas out of the Union not too many would complain.

    June 30, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Joe, San Diego

    Professionals forget the word multi-tasking when they are under criticisms
    The President is more than just what the Republicans want or the Democrats, he has to meet and greet, make speeches, throw the baseball, sign documents, delegate authority, etc. thinking he can only just stay in Washington please Bush didn't neither did Reagan so unless you have a concrete statement of action on a specific issue let the elected President do his job while you flip burgers or whatever it you do to earn your daily bread!

    June 30, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Bill White is a flaming Liberal and a posterboy for Obummer's left wing agenda. Rick Perry will mop the floor with him in November! Fact!

    July 1, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |