CAM­PAIGN: Fundrais­ing suc­cess is vi­tal for Demo­crat, ex­pert says

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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.”

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