The e-mail from Gene Powell, a real-estate executive who Perry appointed to the University of Texas board of regents, states, “We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and tells people to start writing checks today.
It is further evidence that Perry is truly ramping up for a 2012 presidential campaign, even though a top Perry adviser says the e-mail’s timeframe isn’t hard and fast.
Perry adviser David Carney told The Fix that the no one should read too much into the e-mail, which he says contains some factual inaccuracies.
“While we are encouraged by this enthusiasm, we have not made the final decision, as even this email indicates,” Carney wrote in an e-mail, “and there are some other items in that email that are incorrect, but it just goes to demonstrate how excited some of our folks are.”
Carney said the timeframe for the possible campaign continues to be “this summer with Labor Day as the outlier.”
The e-mail from Powell, which was obtained by The Fix, says the first San Antonio fundraiser will occur Sept. 1 — which would be before Labor Day — and that checks should be made out to the “Perry For President Campaign.”
Furthermore, Federal Election Commission law states that, if a candidate or anyone working on a candidate’s behalf raises even $5,000, a campaign committee must be established within 15 days. That means, if $5,000 is collected today or in the coming days, Perry’s team would have to file with the FEC by late August.
The e-mail states clearly that checks can be dated as early as today, Aug. 8. It also clarifies that, if the governor does not run, checks will be returned.
Powell, who is now chairman of the university’s board of regents, has not responded to further inquiries from The Fix.