Perry makes fund-raising dash after legislative session

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Republican Governor Rick Perry hasn't said if he's running for office in 2010 -- but he's not slowing down on his fund-raising.

Perry reported raising more than 881-thousand dollars in only 13 days in June after the recent Texas legislative session and bill-signing period ended. 
Perry had one-point-four (M) million dollars in cash on hand at the end of the six-month reporting period, which ran from January through June.

He and other statewide elected officials and legislators had to file their campaign funding reports by today with the Texas Ethics Commission.

-- Republican U-S Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison reported to federal election officials that she's raised two million dollars from April through June.That boosted Hutchison's available campaign cash to seven-point-seven (M) million dollars.  A-P reports Hutchison is considering a run for governor in 2010.  If she does run, Hutchison could convert that federal money to a state campaign account.

-- Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is also considering a run for governor.  Dewhurst reports he raised nearly 574-thousand dollars in the brief fund-raising period after the legislative session. He had almost 568-thousand dollars in cash on hand as of June 30th. 

-- Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick filed his report with the ethics commission showing no contributions for the period.  Craddick had expenditures of about 455-thousand dollars -- much of it for campaign business meetings, office expenses and salaries.