Rick Perry Reports Major Cash Haul After 2012 Debut

Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:23am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million in his first seven weeks running for president, his campaign announced today.

Perry had $15 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30, the third quarter fundraising deadline. Donations from Aug. 13 to Sept. 30 came from 22,000 different donors and all 50 states, and all but some $50,000 can be spent in the GOP primary, his team said.

“Gov. Perry deeply appreciates the energetic support and hard work of the thousands of Republican volunteers and activists who’ve helped us build a strong and growing organization in just seven weeks,” Perry campaign manager Rob Johnson said in a statement.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised $18 million in the second quarter, but he’s expected to report raising less than that in the third quarter.