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Homebuilder gives Romney super PAC $3M

By Laurie Bennett

March 21, 2012 at 7:01am

The super PAC donor of the month award goes to … Houston homebuilder Bob Perry.

We can be fickle when it comes to this honor. If another wealthy contributor comes along with deeper pockets, we’ll happily kick Perry off the mantelpiece.

But in a Federal Election Commission filing Tuesday, Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s candidacy, reported a $3 million donation from Perry last month.

Perry, a fundraiser for the Romney campaign, gave an additional $500,000 to the super PAC in 2011.

He has been a major contributor to Republican and conservative causes over the years, giving money to American Crossroads, the PAC started by Karl Rove; the antitax Club for Growth and the libertarian FreedomWorks.

Perry was also a big donor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group that attacked the military record of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Other Swift Boaters, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium Sam Fox and Dallas real estate investor Harlan Crow, also donated to Restore Our Future last year.

Restore Our Future reported spending more than $26 million in January and February. It ended last month with $10.5 million in the bank.

Other big donors last month included:

  • Select Management Resources CEO Rod Aycox - $100,000
  • TPG Capital partner Richard W. Boyce - $100,000
  • Geier Group Chairman Philip H. Geier Jr. - $100,000
  • Citadel founder Kenneth C. Griffin - $100,000
  • Griff Harsh, husband of 2010 California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman - $100,000
  • Tamko Building Products President David C. Humphreys - $500,000
  • KKR Co-CEO Henry R. Kravis - $100,000
  • Chartwell Partners Chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio - $500,000
  • Maximus Vice Chairman Raymond B. Ruddy - $100,000
  • Contran Corp. Chairman Harold C. Simmons - $100,000
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