• Rick Perry Gets Donations Despite Respect for Immigrants

    Accused respecter-of-immigrants Rick Perry was the belle of the Twelve Oaks barbecue at two fabulous fundraising fetes in D.C. What, him, worry? Naw, y'all. It's all good!

    Especially when people pony up $10,000 a pop to hang with the handsomest cowboy in town. Yeeeee-haw!

    The Willard Hotel event is being billed as a lobbyists' extravaganza: a copy of the invite obtained by NBC News lists a 28 member host committee — at least 20 of whom are K Street lobbyists, including veteran big money GOP fundraisers as Dirk Van Dongen (president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors), Marc Lampkin (a principal at Quinn-Gillespie who represents, among many others, the Blackstone Group and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway), Roy Coffee (a former aide to President George W. Bush who represents Texas banking interests) and others with bulging client lists that include Wall Street equity funds, insurance companies, big pharmaceutical firms and many others.

    Each member of the host committee, according to the invite, is committed to raising $10,000 — so with full participation, Perry should net $280,000 and another $120,000 at the later event at the Ourisman home.

    Of course, if he hadn't freaked out the child-hating base of the Republican party — you know, the folks who cherish human life up until the point it actually exits the uterus — he's probs have made, like, 18 kajillion dollars. So his candidacy is obviously over.

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    Tags: Immigration, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, RNC, Texas


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