Former Texas governor Rick Perry struggled to sustain his 2016 presidential campaign's operating expenses before dropping out of the race last month, according to a Federal Election Commission disclosure released Thursday, confirming that the campaign failed to raise the necessary money to compete in the crowded GOP field and build a robust campaign infrastructure.

Perry became the first Republican candidate to drop out of the race last month, bringing a quick end to his comeback bid after a disastrous 2012 presidential run.

The campaign received just $252,000 in contributions during the last reporting period -- from July 1 to Sept. 30 -- but racked up more than $1 million in operating expenditures during that same time. To sustain that burn rate, the campaign relied on the $884,000 it held at the beginning of the reporting period.

In all, the campaign paid nearly $300,000 in consulting fees on expenses ranging from finance to media specialists. Of that, $200,000 went to Abstract Communications, LLC, a consulting firm registered under the name of his campaign manager Jeffrey Miller. Miller could not be reached for comment on whether those payments went directly to himself or other employees as well.

Signs of Perry's financial woes became evident when the campaign stopped paying staffers in August, as The Washington Post reported, even as the team insisted it would push forward to the election. But Perry failed to make an impact on national polls and was left off the main stage during the first GOP presidential primary debate in August.

Anu Narayanswamy contributed to this story.

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