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Perry Remains ‘Competitive’ With $17M in Campaign Funds

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Posted on Oct 5, 2011
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought in more than $17 million in campaign contributions during the first seven weeks of his candidacy for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, probably putting him far ahead of his Republican rivals for the same period.

Campaign aides for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did not release a total for campaign contributions from July to September, but said incoming funds had slowed. And Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday that he had collected more than $8 million, less than half what Perry has pulled in.

Campaign workers seem to think the news of such grand fundraising success can overshadow some of Perry’s missteps in recent weeks, including poor showings at debates and his less-than-conservative stance on immigration. And although that’s probably (sadly) true, more than anything it’s proof that too many politicians get into office based on financial backing rather than merit. —BF

USA Today:

“This is a very good start to Rick Perry’s fundraising,” said Anthony Corrado, a campaign-finance expert at Colby College in Maine. “He’s going to be competitive.”

Perry ended the July-to-September fundraising quarter with $15 million in available cash, almost all of it available for the GOP nomination fight. Nearly half of Perry’s donors came from Texas, where he is in his third term as governor and has long enjoyed the support of the state’s deep-pocketed donors.

Rob Johnson, Perry’s campaign manager, said the total demonstrates “overwhelming support for Gov. Perry’s principled, conservative leadership.”

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By David J. Cyr, October 6, 2011 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

Well, Perry’s “campaign contributions” amount to what the present corporate person owned POTUS, Obama, considers chump change.

Obama 2012 has (in just getting started) already spent $80,235,455, and has recently raised $48,662,185. Obama 2012 has accumulated nearly 3 times the money owning him as the total of all the money backing the 11 Republican faction contenders for the corporate party’s installation combined (Obama shares = $128,897,640 and the total shares in all the 2012 contender (R)s still standing and those that failed = $48,060,769)

So far, the largest of the many large shareholders in Obama 2012 are:

Comcast Corp.
— largest cable and home internet service provider; dedicated enemy of net neutrality

Exelon Corp.
— largest owner/operator of nuclear plants; a “clean-coal” advocate that closets its support of fracking shale for gas behind a pleasant renewable energy facade

Goldman Sachs
— global crime syndicate; owner/operator of the United States treasury and American economic policy

Open Secrets (2012 POTUS candidate purchasing info):

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By marian griffith, October 6, 2011 at 2:37 am Link to this comment
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The roughly 225 million eligible voters will be hard pressed to counter the financial impact even a single multinational can have on the political process.

The USA has finally thrown off the shackles of democracy and become a true oligarchy, where the value of your vote is determined by your wealth, and where politicians are not elected but hired by the rich to mind the store and keep the hoi polloi (or as our friendly romans called them, the plebs) under control.

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By grokker, October 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment

The puppet with the most money wins the contest 94% of the time. How that for true democracy?

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