Perry files request to set up own PAC
Former Republican presidential contender Rick Perry is looking to set up his own political action committee according to a request released by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.
The request said that Perry intends to turn his campaign committee, RickPerry.org, into a PAC that would not be connected to his former presidential campaign or any possible future campaigns.
Money left over from Perry’s presidential campaign would be transferred from the campaign to the PAC. According to the request, that amount is approximately $270,000.
Perry has sent out letters to donors asking if they would object to their money being moved to the PAC, the Washington Post reported. The money is currently in a separate bank account.
Perry intends on opening the PAC up to more donations. During the race, Perry was a strong fundraiser, though his fundraising fell as his numbers fell.
It is unclear what kind of PAC RickPerry.org could possibly become. In the request, the FEC reports that Perry would “happily accept any guidance from the commission as to a preferred course of action based on the requested.” He has the option of becoming a multi-candidate PAC, non-multicandidate PAC, or super PAC.
In his suspension speech on January 19, 2012, Perry endorsed rival candidate Newt Gingrich.
Perry’s campaign treasurer, Salvatore Purpura, said that Perry intends on transferring the money to his Texas campaign if he is unable to form the PAC, the Post reported.