Rick Perry has stopped paying all of his presidential campaign staffers as fundraising dries up for the former Texas governor. Now, technically, the Super PAC can’t work with the campaign, meaning they can’t pay the staffers who are reportedly all still now working for free with Perry. “The Gov is also looking forward to his trips to South Carolina this Thursday and to Iowa next week”.
The super PACs initially planned to focus on paid television advertisements, but switched gears when strategists saw Perry’s campaign reported having just $883,913 at the end of June.
Mr. Perry is now focusing his attention on the plummeting national polls in order to regain a stout position on the main stage of the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library next month.
Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed says he’ll stay focused on competing in Iowa, as well as the subsequent primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
“All he really needs is money for a plane ticket”, Stanford said.
NBC News reported that Barbour appeared confident that Perry’s presidential bid would continue. One of the reasons I like Carly Fiorina so much is that, although she had a hard time paying back her campaign staff for her run in California, she eventually fulfilled her financial obligations.
Perry’s White House hopes will now live on a little longer, as a result of the trio of cash-rich independent groups that are quickly jumping in to backfill his campaign as it pares down.
Austin Barbour, senior adviser to the super PAC, told the Washington Post that the group would step up “to aggressively support the governor in a number of different ways”. His Southern roots and tea party appeal made him a candidate feared by his GOP rivals, particularly those in the campaign of Mitt Romney.
“It’s not like we could say, ‘Hey Jeff [Miller, Perry’s campaign manager], this is what we’re about to do – we just knew this is something we’ve got to go do”, Barbour said.
Super PACs cannot directly contribute to a candidate or coordinate how it spends its money with a candidate, so Opportunity and Freedom will not, for example, be able to pay Perry campaign staff. However, it can support his candidacy.
Perry’s Iowa campaign spokesman, Robert Haus, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Monday night.
Rick Perry’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign is struggling financially.
However, Perry is known to be a dynamo in fundraising in the 2008 GOP primary, and allegedly raised a trifling $1.1 million in the most recent quarter.