August 11th, 2011

California cash has buoyed Texan Rick Perry

The news this week that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is all but certain to enter the Republican presidential field has no doubt come as welcome news to some conservative Californians.

After all, it was a Californian – state Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico – who made headlines earlier this year by forming a committee designed to draft Perry into the race. And it was another Californian – La Jolla businessman Robert Schuman – who even more recently formed another committee in the hopes of wooing voters to Perry’s camp.

Looking at the historical record, this enthusiasm for the Texas governor should come as no surprise. Perry long has had his share of admirers in the Golden State, according to Texas campaign finance records.

Since he was elected governor in 2000, Perry – who is known as a prolific fundraiser – has brought in more than $457,000 from California donors – many of them political committees and interest groups with a stake in business causes.

A list of Perry’s California donors follows - read the full article here.

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