02/16/2012 05:29 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2012

Rick Perry Considers Creating Super PAC With Leftover Campaign Donations

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking into using leftover cash from his failed Republican presidential campaign to create a PAC or super PAC.

In a Monday letter to the FEC, Perry's treasurer says the campaign has about $270,000 in donations designated for use during the general election, and has asked contributors to "redesignate their contributions so that they may remain in the committee’s account." Donors have asked for $100,000 of that money to be refunded, and approved the transfer of about $30,000, according to the letter.

Perry's treasurer also asked if the money could instead be used for Texans for Rick Perry, his gubernatorial campaign committee.

As the Los Angeles Times notes:

It is not unusual for former candidates to try to use funds from their aborted campaigns for other purposes. But presidential candidates don’t typically end their bids with much money left in the bank.

Perry’s presidential committee raised nearly $20 million in 2011 and ended the year with $3.7 million cash on hand. It’s unclear how much Perry raised and spent in the first three weeks of the year.

If he decides to create a super PAC, Perry wouldn't be the only governor to do so. Jan Brewer created her own, Jan PAC, in November. The Democratic Governors Association has one as well.

10 more election stories from outside the presidential field:

State Senator Resigns In Effort To Preserve Democratic Majority [Las Vegas Sun]

Dennis Kucinich Takes On Toledo [Roll Call]

RNC Erases Campaign Debt [The Hill]

Indiana Tea Partiers Challenge Residency Of Sen. Richard Lugar [Indiana Courier-Journal]

George Allen Hires Minister For Virginia Senate Campaign [The Washington Post]

Nancy Pelosi Stumps For State Congressional Members [The Riverside Press-Enterprise]

NY Congressman Questioned Over Fundraising, Business Ties [The New York Times]

Former Representative Challenges Judy Biggert [Chicago Sun-Times]

Money Flows Into Wisconsin Recall Race [Reuters]

Radio Ads Target Claire McCaskill [Roll Call]


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