Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry campaign finance filings show desperate finishes [View all]
In a desperate attempt to bolster his son’s presidential campaign, Jon Huntsman Sr. last month pumped $335,000 into a super PAC supporting Jon Huntsman Jr., adding to $1.9 million he donated last year, new federal campaign filings show.
Separate filings late Friday indicate that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign spent more than eight times the money it raised during January — an ultimately futile effort to regain relevance and momentum he squandered late last year amid poor debate performances and ill-fated campaign strategy.
Huntsman’s father accounted for about two-thirds of the money the Our Destiny PAC collected in January and was just one of seven people to contribute to the super PAC, which by law could raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently support its political candidates of choice. Phil Knight, chairman of athletic company Nike, also donated $25,000 to Our Destiny PAC.
In all, Perry’s campaign spent more than $3.29 million in January and raised less than $389,000 en route to burning through most of its savings and ending the month with about $860,000 — a pittance for a candidate who as recently as last autumn led all other Republicans in national polls.