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Texas: Gov. Rick Perry Takes Massive Money Lead over Bill White
Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2010 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 10/05/2010 5:54:44 AM PDT by Kaslin

People talk about wanting to get the money out of politics, but fundraising totals can tell us a lot about who's hitting their stride and who will soon be hitting the bench.

We are now within striking distance of November 2, so much so that Muse’s “Uprising” is my ringtone. “Rise up and take the power back/It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack … .”

As we get down to the wire, polls matter, block walks matter, enthusiasm matters — and money matters. In fact, money tells us a lot about the health of a candidate and where he or she stands in relation to his or her opponent. Money raised and money in the war chest tells us who’s going to hit the gas through October, and who’s going to be running on fumes when election day draws near.

That in mind, let’s turn our eyes to Texas. Much has been made of Democrat Bill White’s relatively strong run for governor. The former Houston mayor has never led incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry, but the race hasn’t been a blowout. Perry currently has a poll lead somewhere between 6 and 8 points, with the margins of error making that as close as 3 points or as wide as maybe 10. For a conservative Republican running in a conservative Republican bastion in a decidedly Republican year, even that’s a little closer than anyone expected. Particularly if we’re really at the low end of those margins. For the record, I don’t think we are, but now is not a time to take anything for granted.

The money lines tell us a very different story from the polls. Earlier in the year, Bill White had a cash advantage and went on a spending spree and bought millions of dollars in media. To some extent he needed to; the question was whether he was spending his money too early, and was he spending too much of it within Houston where he should be strong. As the former mayor of Houston, he was for all intents and purposes unknown to the vast majority of Texans. He had to convince them that he’s not just another big-spending, tax-loving liberal Democrat. He went into that buying season with a deficit in the polls of between 6 and 8 points, and came out of with a poll deficit of … between 6 and 8 points. Six million dollars didn’t move the needle a bit, but they did put White’s campaign a little behind Perry’s in cash on hand at that point. But where are we now?

On Monday, both campaigns released their numbers for the past quarter, July through September. Both campaigns crowed about their healthy numbers. But in a race of two, only one can come in first. And here are their respective numbers.

According to the White campaign, Bill White raised $4.68 million, and now has $2.75 million cash on hand. That’s not bad.

But I bet he wants that $6 million back that he spent too early in the campaign to introduce himself. Since that time, he had a miserable couple of weeks as President Obama’s visit to Texas sent him running for the hills. And he’s had to answer for the whole BTEC scandal, in which he apparently profiteered from a company he hired to perform services during hurricane relief. Hurricane relief had been Bill White’s claim to governmental competency; that story made it his claim to corruption.

Gov. Perry’s fundraising numbers run like this: In the same period in which White raised nearly $5 million, Perry raised $8.2 million. He reports a little over $10 million cash on hand.

White: $2.75 million cash on hand. Perry: $10 million cash on hand. That’s nearly a four-to-one advantage for Perry, with about four weeks to go. When I reached the campaign Monday night, Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner was blunt: “Bill White has run his campaign into the ground financially, much like he did to the city of Houston when he was mayor. Now he is bankrupt on ideas and campaign dollars.”

There’s more bad news for White. A week back, the Democratic Governors Association announced that they were pouring about $2 million into Texas. That sounds like good news for White, and it mostly is, but there’s a catch: The DGA is spending the money directly. They don’t want White to manage it so they’re buying the ads themselves. That’s not only a vote of no confidence in the way White is running his campaign, it’s a vote of no confidence with a price tag. If the DGA gave their money directly to White, they’d get his advertising rates, which means their dollars would go about 25% farther.

So why would the DGA waste so much money this way? Word is, White is micromanaging his campaign, and he’s just not doing it well. Every tweet, every Facebook post, every ad — everything — has to pass his eyes before it goes out. He’s strangling his own campaign, and he can ill afford to. White simply is not raising the money to keep up with Perry, and what he did raise early on, he wasted.

This race isn’t over yet, not by a long shot. But Gov. Perry is poised to take his lead through the last month of the campaign running strong, while the best White can do is struggle just to get to the finishing line.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: billwhite; clintonista; cultureofcorruption; elmerfudd; katrinaaftermath; rickperry; texas; txgov2010

1 posted on 10/05/2010 5:54:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The problem is that Bill White is a Democrat, a fact that he is trying to hide.


2 posted on 10/05/2010 5:57:34 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

ping


3 posted on 10/05/2010 6:09:30 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
The problem is that Bill White is a Democrat, a fact that he is trying to hide.

Indeed. He is trying to pass himself off as a good ol' boy conservative. The problem is, he isn't.
4 posted on 10/05/2010 6:09:45 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Bill White is a Democrat

'Nuff said.

5 posted on 10/05/2010 6:10:39 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: deport
Texas Voters:

Early Voting begins in 13 days on Oct. 18.

6 posted on 10/05/2010 6:13:24 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: Kaslin

Wow, labour unions have been donating to White’s campaign, but it appears that they have been stingy. On the other hand, SEIU has been working on the voter registration fraud angle...


7 posted on 10/05/2010 6:13:36 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fortheDeclaration

The problem is that Bill White is not only a Democrat, but ugly, inarticulate, and a former mayor of HOUSTON, of all places. How anyone can point to governing that mess of a city as an accomplishment is beyond me.

I know very few fellow Texans who like Rick Perry, but neither party seems capable of fielding a serious challenger.

Apologies to my friends in Houston. Terrible place to live, and White didn’t help.


8 posted on 10/05/2010 6:15:38 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: deport
Here is a site for any undecided voters who you may know.
9 posted on 10/05/2010 6:17:00 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fortheDeclaration
His latest ad where he talks about Texans liking to "hold the line on taxes"...what the hell does that even mean? That's not straight talk that's the liberal way of pretending to be a tax cutter. His comment "I want Texas not just to lead the nation in minimum wage jobs, but technology and clean energy". What a joke, we either already do or are very close, tech and energy is what everyone in Texas pretty much does if you're not farming or ranching.

I do like Perry's radio spot about Bill White being "the most mysterious liberal in the world" taking off the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World commercials. "He spent every penny Houston had, and then he spent 17 billion more"

10 posted on 10/05/2010 6:17:00 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Kaslin; SpinnerWebb
For a conservative Republican running in a conservative Republican bastion in a decidedly Republican year, even that’s a little closer than anyone expected.

Conservative ???

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha .... inhale .... ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha .... inhale .... ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha .... inhale .... stop it, you're killing me.

I'll be voting for the former yell leader ... but please, don't insult my intelligence.

11 posted on 10/05/2010 6:33:09 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Kaslin

Perry and the Texas house will be key in redistricting following the 2010 census where TX will probably pick up 3-4 congressional seats.


12 posted on 10/05/2010 6:37:38 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: bgill

A demonrat that went to Harvard(that bastion of conservative thinking /sarc). That’s all we need to know.


13 posted on 10/05/2010 6:52:20 AM PDT by Newton ('No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' -Ronald Reagan)
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To: tx_eggman

This was my reaction as well. I almost painted my computer screen with coffee when I read that. Gov. ‘Good-Hair’ is anything but conservative, the only reason he hasn’t done worse is that the TX Governor doesn’t have a lot of power compared with other states. If it wasn’t for the close race, I wouldn’t vote for him again, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let that weaselly DIM White be governor of my state.


14 posted on 10/05/2010 7:48:02 AM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: deport; Pantera; TWfromTEXAS; BoringGuy; Richard Kimball; girlscout; omegabea; Warrior_Queen; ...

Ping Txgov2010.


15 posted on 10/05/2010 8:49:06 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: deport; Pantera; TWfromTEXAS; BoringGuy; Richard Kimball; girlscout; omegabea; Warrior_Queen; ...

Ping Txgov2010.


16 posted on 10/05/2010 8:49:21 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Kaslin

The trial lawyers must’ve decided to stop throwing money down a hole trying to get Bill White’s name out there this year.

Think he will bother trying to run again in 2012 for Kay’s Senate seat?


17 posted on 10/05/2010 9:42:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...
Much has been made of Democrat Bill White’s relatively strong run for governor

He had a strong showing against the Palestinian hairdresser in the Democrat primary. That's about it...

18 posted on 10/05/2010 9:45:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Funny thing you don’t hear about Brother Bill is that he has been a party hack for decades. What about the wonderful job he did after Katrina? The spike in crime? Keeping the facts from the media? Oh, wait, the media was complicit in Mayor White’s deceit.


19 posted on 10/05/2010 9:49:51 AM PDT by Jaded (I realized that after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F)
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To: Jedidah

White and Brown before him have shown themselves to be carpetbagger Democrats from the Clinton administration who when they couldn’t find some other line of employment, served as term-limited Mayor Bob’s selected Rat replacements.


20 posted on 10/05/2010 9:50:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: normy
His latest ad where he talks about Texans liking to "hold the line on taxes"...what the hell does that even mean? That's not straight talk that's the liberal way of pretending to be a tax cutter.

Would a new state income tax be "holding the line"?

His comment "I want Texas not just to lead the nation in minimum wage jobs, but technology and clean energy".

Then stop encouraging illegal immigrants to come here and work for minimum wage or below MW.

Clean energy is a farce. It's like reform communism and peaceful Islamic theocratic imperialism.

21 posted on 10/05/2010 9:52:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Any Texan who votes for this Clintonista “White”....is an idgit !


22 posted on 10/05/2010 9:55:52 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Kaslin
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23 posted on 10/05/2010 10:08:42 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: deport

Two words: Sanctuary City


24 posted on 10/05/2010 10:12:45 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Squantos

I’ve noticed that the Dummys who voted for Lee P. Brown 3 terms are now silent over their guy. The Comical was even so brazen as to talk about how sh&tty a mayoral choice Brown was AFTER the final re-election vote was tallied.

The anti-smoking Left also fell silent when Ann Richards went to work as a tobacco lobbyist after she was voted out. “Well everybody needs to earn a living and it IS a legal product...”


25 posted on 10/05/2010 10:18:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: normy
He spent every penny Houston had, and then he spent 17 billion more

It's hilarious. Bill White's such a poor challenger to Perry... like a fish in a barrel.



26 posted on 10/05/2010 10:20:55 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: a fool in paradise
He had a strong showing against the Palestinian hairdresser in the Democrat primary.

Who said white people don't like to work.

27 posted on 10/05/2010 10:27:04 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep....LOL. Ann Richards...I’m eatin lunch dang it....:o)

She was a piece of ...ummmm....work.

Stay Safe !


28 posted on 10/05/2010 10:27:54 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Kaslin

I heard on the news yesterday that the Houston Police Officers Union is going to endorse Perry.


29 posted on 10/05/2010 10:37:46 AM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Think he will bother trying to run again in 2012 for Kay’s Senate seat?”

I think this entire White for gov campaign is a way for White to get his name out for the 2012 Senate race.


30 posted on 10/05/2010 11:17:07 AM PDT by Stat-boy
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To: a fool in paradise

“Think he will bother trying to run again in 2012 for Kay’s Senate seat?”

I think this entire White for gov campaign is a way for White to get his name out for the 2012 Senate race.


31 posted on 10/05/2010 11:17:17 AM PDT by Stat-boy
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To: Stat-boy

It was at one time, but has he exposed himself too much? He will also have to be careful about his profiteering from state deals for the next 2 years.


32 posted on 10/05/2010 11:20:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: LoneStarGI
This was my reaction as well. I almost painted my computer screen with coffee when I read that. Gov. ‘Good-Hair’ is anything but conservative,

I find plenty of people who think Perry is a conservative, and it cracks me up to no end. I start to point out all of the things that show that Perry is not much more than the Democratic hack that he was in the '80s before he switched parties, and you can see their eyes glaze over. They don't want to hear anything that could intrude on their little world where Rick Perry is a conservative.

I don't think it's a coincidence that most of the people I know that think Perry is an actual Conservative are Aggies - those people are conditioned to support their fellow Aggies come Hell or high water. Somebody puts the word out that they have to pretend that Rick Perry is a Conservative, and low and behold they all start pushing that idea.

Rick Perry is a little more conservative than Bill White but that's about as far as I'd go.

And I fully believe that if Rick Perry is given another 4 years, that he will do everything he can to revive his super NAFTA corridor that he wants to force down our throats. That's what burns me the most about having to vote for him. I know as soon as he wins, he's going to take that as another mandate to start making a land grab from farmers and ranchers so that Mexican truckers can have a smooth ride into the US.

It really is pathetic that we are having to vote for a former Democrat turned Republican who wants to give us the kind of land grabs and massive public works projects that the liberals drool over. I can't believe we are still stuck with Perry. It is just pathetic.
33 posted on 10/05/2010 7:46:04 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: a fool in paradise
Think he will bother trying to run again in 2012 for Kay’s Senate seat?

Kay, and I hope Perry the next time around, will have more to worry about from the Tea Party than from the Democrats. I pray that it's not too late to start putting Conservatives into the highest positions that Texas has whether it be Governor, Lt. Governor, or Senator, but I fear it's too late. The demographics are going to bury us within a generation.
34 posted on 10/05/2010 7:48:14 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; Jedidah; AuH2ORepublican; randita; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; ...
Perry and the Texas house will be key in redistricting following the 2010 census where TX will probably pick up 3-4 congressional seats.

Indeed.

Perry sucks but we need him to win for the good not only of Texas but of the whole country.

35 posted on 10/05/2010 10:55:01 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Absolutely.

I said I’d never vote for Perry again, and I’m eating those words.

The future of the republic is at stake here, and redistricting next year is critical. Say what you will about Perry, he can and will do his part in that battle, if only for his own best interests.

For the first time in my life, I will vote a straight GOP ticket next month.


36 posted on 10/06/2010 8:02:29 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: LoneStarGI

Well said.


37 posted on 10/06/2010 8:04:13 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: af_vet_rr

Kay has already said that she will not be running in 2012. She may backtrack on that but she made the declaration even before she lost the Governor’s race.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is considered to be one in the running for her seat.


38 posted on 10/06/2010 8:08:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is considered to be one in the running for her seat.

The Senate doesn't need another Texan who is buddy-buddy with the lobbyists. We need to start finding somebody to run for her seat that is not tied to any lobbyists. This is something the Tea Party groups in Texas need to be working on.
39 posted on 10/06/2010 4:21:45 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Jedidah
I said I’d never vote for Perry again, and I’m eating those words.

You and me both. I had really hoped to be done with Slick Rick but unfortunately somebody from the Clinton camp managed to sneak into the race.

It scares the Hell out of me to think what Perry will do with another 4 years if he wins, but it scares me even more to think what White would do. Anybody who thinks that Perry is done with the NAFTA corridor nonsense linking us up with Mexico knows nothing about Rick Perry. Rick Perry believes he knows better than the average Texan, and his arrogance has shown time and again.

I'm still having such a hard time voting for Perry after the infant DNA stuff came out. It makes me so damned angry that under Perry the state was sending DNA samples off to Obama's national databases without the consent of parents. That one thing alone makes me just ready to say *#@%$# it and dump the GOP in Texas completely. Even just typing that out makes me furious enough to not vote for Perry. To think that DNA from my grandchildren wound up on Nobama's DNA databases under Perry's watch...I better stop because the swear words want to come flowing out onto the keyboard.
40 posted on 10/06/2010 5:03:33 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

Perry, farm boy and former Ag commissioner, couldn’t even get the Texas Farm Bureau endorsement this year after he poked us in the eye repeatedly over the TTC and eminent domain.

FB chose ag-friendly candidates all over the state but refused to endorse anyone in the gubernatorial race.

That’s a slap to Goodhair’s face, but he’s so full of himself he probably doesn’t care any more.


41 posted on 10/06/2010 6:39:56 PM PDT by Jedidah
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