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Rick Perry And Rick Santorum–Once You Know Them You Never Go Back

August 26, 2015

Some campaign facts are just too amusing not to share.  That is the case this morning with news about Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

A majority of the 2012 donors to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum who’ve given this time have defected to other candidates, according to an analysis by Crowdpac.com, a nonpartisan political research company.

The donor disloyalty is contributing to financial woes in both of their campaigns. Perry stopped paying most of his staffers, and much of Santorum’s top staff left to start a super PAC, which is free of contribution limits.

As the only two members of a 17-person presidential field who competed in 2012, Perry and Santorum should have among the strongest, most up-to-date fundraising bases. Santorum won 11 primary states, lasting until April 2012 when Mitt Romney secured the nomination. Perry bowed out in January but was a strong early fundraiser.

But four years later, many of their donors have eyes for others: Perry counted 470 return supporters, while 557 went with other candidates. For Santorum, 257 of his past presidential contributors gave to him again, while 414 put their money elsewhere, the data show.

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