AUSTIN, TX – Once Rick Perry said he was building a dream, with prosperity and glory ahead. But now he’s singing a different line because he’s running out of bread: Brother, can you spare a dime?
Perry’s second presidential campaign may be running out of momentum and out of cash.
Reports tearing through the political landscape like a Texas tornado say Perry’s campaign can’t pay staffers at the national headquarters in Austin, and in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
The National Journal was the first to report that the six South Carolina staff members are now unpaid workers, volunteers, for the foreseeable future.
And then, reports came out that Perry campaign manager Jeff Miller told staffers last week not to expect a paycheck, and that they were free to jump ship.
Filings with the Federal Election Commission show Perry raised about $1.17 million by the end of June, and had nearly $884,000 in the bank.
But the Opportunity and Freedom group of Super PACs supporting the campaign apparently is sitting on a ton of money, raising nearly $17 million by the end of June.
That may be why Republican political consultant Rick Wilson tweeted that a Perry source told him the campaign is not low on dough. It’s a just a cash-thing in South Carolina.
You know what they say: money talks and that other stuff walks, and in a presidential campaign, if the money ain’t talkin’, the candidate will soon be walkin’.