Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign has filed its campaign fundraising report for the last three months of 2011 and it shows a major drop in donations following the campaign's gangbusters launch over the summer.
Perry's campaign raised $2.9 million form October to December, less than a fifth of the $17.2 million it showed raising in its July-to-September report. That initial total was even more impressive considering that Perry's campaign had been active for about 40 days.
The stark decline in Perry's fundraising suggests high-profile stumbles during the fall debates impacted his ability to attract donors.
The presidential campaign numbers may be somewhat misleading since some Perry backers also gave to separate Super PACs supporting Perry's bid.
Yet the latest figures provide a striking contrast to Perry's recent fundraising successes as governor.
Though he was operating on the national stage in his White House bid, Perry wasn't able to raise as much as he did in 2010 when he successfully won re-election against Republican US Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Democrat Bill White. Perry reported raising $28 million in his state account that year. From August to December of last year, his presidential campaign raised $20 million.