Bob Perry, a Texas multi-millionaire home builder, who wrote checks for $27 million to federal Republican political organizations during the 2012 campaign, died on Saturday. Perry had been a major Republican donor over the years, including his providing more than $4 million for Swift Boat Veterans For Truth ads against Sen. John Kerry in his 2004 presidential campaign.
Perry was known for his willingness to write big checks for causes he supported. In 2011-2012, he wrote 52 checks to Republican organizations that publicly disclose donors to the Federal Election Commission or to the I.R.S, as Section 527 organizations. His largest check was for $3 million. He also wrote seven checks for $2 million; five checks for $1 million; one check for $750,000; four checks for $500,000; and ten checks for $250,000; among others. Search Political MoneyLine's Donor Search for "Perry, Bob" in the 2011-2012 cycle to view all his federal political contributions.
In 2011-2012, Perry contributed $10 million to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC making independent expenditures supporting presidential candidate Mitt Romney and opposing Barack Obama; $8.5 million to American Crossroads, a Super PAC making independent expenditures supporting Republican candidates and opposing Democratic candidates; $3.5 million to the Republican Governors Association; $1 million to Club for Growth Action; $1 million to Independence Virginia PAC, a Republican Super PAC making independent expenditures against Tim Kane (D-Va.) in the Virginia U.S. Senate race; and $1 million to the Freedom Fund North America, a Super PAC making independent expenditures against Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.); among others.
Perry also gave to many state and local campaigns, as well as politically active non-profits that do not report to the Federal Election Commission.