Rick Perry raises 17 million dollars in 7 weeks

Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry has said that he has raised an impressive USD 17 million in seven weeks since announcing his 2012 presidential bid.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2011, 15:40 PM IST

Washington: Republican White House hopeful
Rick Perry has said that he has raised an impressive USD 17
million in seven weeks since announcing his 2012 presidential bid.

In a statement, RickPerry.org Inc. said it raised more
than USD 17 million for the primary race between August 13 and
September 30.

"The generous contributions from Americans across the
nation prove the overwhelming support for Gov. Perry`s
principled, conservative leadership and vision to get America
working again," said Perry Campaign Manager Rob Johnson.
With this, Perry has emerged as the top fund generator
among leading Republican presidential candidates for the
November 2012 elections.

"His impressive fund-raising figure will mean Perry can
build the long-term infrastructure of a big-dollar campaign
and compete extensively with Mitt Romney in field organization
and advertising. He is the only candidate besides Romney to
have the resources to do so," The Hill, a congressional
newspaper, commented.

As of September 30, the campaign has USD 15 million
cash on hand. All but approximately USD 50,000 raised will go
towards the primary race, the Perry campaign said.

Romney`s campaign is said to have raised between USD
11 million and USD 13 million.

The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign also announced
that it has raised more than USD 8 million in the third
quarter from more than 100,000 unique donors more than five
times the number of total donors to the campaign of Texas
Governor Rick Perry.

"The amount and nature of donations to Ron Paul proves
his fund-raising prowess and also demonstrates in real numbers
the grassroots support Dr. Paul receives from average
Americans," said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman
Jesse Benton.

PTI