In the filings, which detail fundraising and spending from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23, Perry reported raising $8.4 million, compared to White's $3.7 million. Perry reporting spending about $16.1 million, much of it on media, compared to White's $6.1 million. The campaigns have $2 million and $487,000 in the bank, respectively, at the filing deadline.
Some context: Perry received a $3 million donation from the Republican Governors Association during this period, pushing his total higher. White already received at least $2 million from the Democratic Governors Association in previous cycles. The spending totals, too, can be confusing because White's campaign made large media buys early, while Perry's camp apparently held onto its major media money longer.
White's largest donor was Amber Mostyn ($250,000), whose trial-lawyer husband, Steve, has pledged to spend $5 million helping Texas Democrats this cycle. Besides the governors, Perry's largest donor in the most recent report was Houston homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation), who gave $600,000.
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