Huffington Post finds weakness in Perry's fundraising base
Sun October 16, 2011 9:37 am

Here are the key points in HuffPo's analysis:

* Perry is suffering from an inability to raise money from a broad base of supporters, usually measured by the number of small-dollar donors. Perry raised $13.4 million of his $17.2 million from donors giving between $2,500 and $5,000.

* He only raised $698,820 from donors giving less than $200, which was 4 percent of his total contributions, the lowest percentage for any current presidential candidate.

* He is largely reliant on money from Texas. He gathered $9.7 million from his home state, 56 percent of his total. While Texas is the breadbasket of campaign money for Republican politicians generally, Perry may have to broaden his base outside the state.

* Employees of some companies close to the governor gave big to his campaign. These companies include:

--Ryanco, headed by Brint Ryan, described as a Perry backer also affiliated with the pro-Perry super PAC Make Us Great Again. Amount donated: $152,800.

--USAA Insurance, whose employees gave $44,000 to the Perry campaign. Company lobbyist Dan Brouillette reported bundling $77,000.

--Contran Corp., owned by megadonor Harold Simmons, one of the major "crony capitalism" beneficiaries of the Perry governorship (that nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas). Amount donated: $32.500.

--Ernst & Young. Amount donated: $40,500.

The HuffPo article goes on to say, "These problems -- a base of big donors who are already maxed out and a reliance on home state money -- do not bode well for a candidate who has fallen as far as Perry has in recent days." Maybe so, but I suspect that the last aspect of Perry's campaign that will fall apart is its ability to raise money. Even if he collapses in the presidential race, he is still the governor.

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