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2010: More on Perry, White Fundraising

The major party gubernatorial candidates' 30-day campaign reports are now available online, offering political observers more detail about their fundraising from July 1 to Sept. 23.

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The major party gubernatorial candidates' 30-day campaign reports are now available online, offering political observers more detail about their fundraising from July 1 to Sept. 23. 

What jumps out is the disparity in the timing of their spending. Gov. Rick Perry, who reported $10 million in the bank, spent just $3.9 million. His Democratic opponent, Bill White, spent much more: $11 million. That's the reason White has much less money in the bank when the reporting period ended. But it doesn't necessarily mean the Perry camp has a big financial advantage; it may have simply spent the bulk of its money in the last seven days — after the filing deadline — while White purchased ads earlier, to run later.

We'll be poring over the data today for more information. (You can, too. Download here.) Meanwhile, here are the top five donors to each campaign: 

White's Top Five Donors

Donor Amount
Democratic Governors Association Non-Federal Labor PAC $500,000
Robert L. Patton $125,000
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees-AFL-CIO $100,000
American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO COPE $100,000
Jeffrey Todd Mitchell $80,000

Perry's Top Five Donors

Donor Amount
Bob Perry $600,000
George Ryan $205,000
Kenny Troutt $250,000
Harold Simmons $250,000
Gulf States Toyota State PAC $125,000

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