What's next for Gov. Rick Perry on the national campaign trail? A letter to the Federal Election Commission this week suggests he may be angling to create his own super PAC, using funds left over from his failed Republican presidential campaign.
As first reported by Kathy Kiely at the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, Perry's campaign treasurer, Salvatore Purpura, wrote the letter that asks whether the governor can form a super PAC. The letter states that Perry finished the campaign with $270,000 earmarked for the general election, and campaign officials are now asking donors whether they'd grant permission to shift their contributions to the yet-to-be-created political action committee. In response, the campaign has been asked to refund at least $100,000, Purpura wrote.
As Kiely notes, "heading a powerful PAC could help the governor, who recently wowed a crowd of conservative activists in Washington, ... maintain a high political profile and lay the groundwork for another national campaign."
Purpura's letter also asks the FEC to consider letting Perry move the money to his state campaign fund as an alternative to a federal PAC. Perry is keeping the door wide open to either another run for president or for another term as governor.
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-- John Gravois