Perry asks FEC OK to move campaign funds

Feb. 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the Federal Election Commission's OK to use cash left in his presidential campaign committee to start a political action committee.

The request, filed last week, said the committee hasn't accepted any funds since Perry suspended his campaign Jan. 19, but "but would like to potentially use both new contributions and residual funds in its primary election account to finance its activities once it transitions to non-connected PAC status."

The FEC has until April 13 to respond.

The committee hasn't determined what type of PAC or super-PAC the entity would be, the filing said.

The request said it mailed letters to donors who contributed $270,000 to Perry's potential general election campaign, which he legally can't spend in the primaries, to "redesignate" their contributions so they could be used for the proposed new PAC. The transfer of about $30,000 was approved, while donors asked for refund of about $100,000.

The committee also asked the FEC, as an alternative, to consider whether Perry could redesignate donations pegged for the 2012 general election to his gubernatorial campaign committee, Texans for Rick Perry.

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