CAMPAIGN: Fundraising success is vital for Democrat, expert says
and their contributor lists.
White’s campaign said he raised $7.4 million during that period, leaving him with $9 million. Perry’s campaign said he had about $5.9 million on hand after raising $7.1 million.
Each candidate’s war chest — not to mention the millions more they are likely to raise — portends a massive television advertising battle in the run-up to the November election.
White’s largest contributor was the Democratic Governors Association, which has given him more than $1 million in recent months. He also raised more than $700,000 from union-related committees.
White drew a number of big checks from former Hutchison backers, such as Joe Long of Austin, who gave him $75,000, and Nancy Kinder of Houston, who gave him $50,000.
Many Hutchison donors stayed in the Republican camp, however, and contributed to Perry.
He raised $100,000 apiece from Houston investor Charles Tate and Fort Worth oilman Sid Bass, plus $50,000 apiece from Houston beer distributor John Nau III and Dallas businessman Gerald Ford.
Other big-dollar Perry donors included San Antonio businessman Peter Holt and Hushang Ansary of Houston, a former Iranian ambassador to the United States. Each gave Perry $100,000.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor’s haul “proves the overwhelming support of Gov. Perry’s principled leadership of our state.”