Matt “baby” Blunt knows some people in Texas with lots of extra cash. The Missouri Ethics Commission shows the very large contributions made to Blunt’s 2008 campaign after January 1, 2007.
From the April quarterly report:
Bob Perry Houston, TX – Perry Homes 3/4/2007
Doylene Perry Houston, TX – Perry Homes 3/4/2007
From the July quarterly report:
Bob Perry Houston, TX – Perry Homes 6/11/2007
Doylene Perry Houston, TX – Perry Homes 6/11/2007
There’s a history of generous giving there:
Austin, TX: Bob Perry, a major Texas donor to the Republican Party, President Bush, Republican candidates, and conservative, pro-business political committees has contributed $200,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group attacking John Kerry’s Vietnam service.
The Houston-based Perry owns Perry Homes, one of the state’s largest homebuilders with reported revenues of $420 million in 2002. While an active political donor since the mid-1980’s, over the past three years Perry has eclipsed the giving of Texas’ elite money men and positioned himself as the largest single political donor in Texas giving candidates and committees more than $5.2 million since 2000
Perry worked with Karl Rove as early as 1986 when Perry served as Campaign Treasurer for Republican gubernatorial candidate William Clements and Rove served as a campaign consultant and fundraiser….
Hmmm, I wonder if karl rove is going to come work the 2008 election in Missouri?
The chief financial backer of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and its television ad challenging Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s military record is a wealthy Texas homebuilder known for his deep pockets and aversion to the limelight.
Bob J. Perry, 71, provided at least $100,000 to help start the veterans group at the urging of his friend John O’Neill….
….White House senior adviser Karl Rove told Fox television’s Brit Hume this week that he’s known Perry for 25 years, and he was one of the few wealthy Texans “willing to write checks to support Republican candidates…..”
There’s karl again.
…Perry, described as a “close friend of both Karl Rove and John E. O’Neill and “the single largest Texas donor to the Republican Party”, contributed 4.5 million dollars to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear campaign against then presidential candidate John F. Kerry…
That’s some serious money.
He seems to like Mitt!
The primary funder of an independent group that raised questions about the résumé of Sen. John F. Kerry during the 2004 presidential election has signed on to raise money for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential campaign.
Bob Perry, a Houston home builder, is named as a member of Romney’s Texas Leadership Team in an invite for a fundraising event in Dallas on March 26.
Perry has earned a reputation for his willingness to finance “527” groups. He gained notoriety for the $4.5 million he donated to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth…
2006 was a good year, but not so successful:
In the 2006 midterms Perry spent about $9 million on robo calls, mailers, and TV and radio ads attacking 20 Democratic House and Senate candidates. Highlights included Montana’s gay-baiting TV ad “Brokebank Democrats,” and his impish habit of putting the home phone telephone numbers of Democratic challengers in his ads.
Perry even took the trouble to funnel his meddling millions through three separate, generically-named “527” groups. But none of his sleight-of-hand amounted to much of anything this time around: In 14 of the 20 races, his GOP candidate lost. Four of his candidates won; they’re still puzzling over the ballots in two.
For about $2 million per win, Perry annoyed the hell out of hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of Americans with prerecorded mudslinging phone calls, angry mailers and the like…
I wonder if karl has bought a house in Missouri?