Federal Politics

Published — July 12, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Perot Jr.’s company gives $100,000 to pro-Romney super PAC

Son of political maverick backs GOP candidate

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Hillwood Development Co. — the Dallas-based real estate firm founded and headed by Ross Perot, Jr. — donated $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future on May 14, two weeks ahead of the Lone Star State’s GOP presidential primary.

Romney prevailed in that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote. (Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the only other serious rival Romney faced at the time finished a distant second with about 13 percent.)

Questions to Hillwood about the donation were directed to the company’s public relations firm, Public Strategies, Inc. Officials there did not respond to requests for comment.

Twenty years earlier, Perot’s father — the business tycoon and independent candidate H. Ross Perot — had been leading in some polls of the three-way presidential race.

During his 1992 presidential campaign, the elder Perot spent more than $65 million of his own money and garnered nearly 19 percent of the national popular vote — the best showing for a third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 run with the “Bull Moose” party.

Ultimately, though, Perot was bested by incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger — and eventual winner — Bill Clinton. In some states that Clinton carried, such as Montana and Nevada, Perot won more than a quarter of the vote.

Earlier this year, Romney invoked Perot’s name as a reason to unify around his candidacy.

“You have to remember it was Ross Perot that allowed Bill Clinton to win,” Romney said on Fox in April. “The right thing for us, I think, is to get a nominee as soon as we can and be able to focus on [President] Barack Obama.”

This year, the senior Perot is also backing Romney. He donated $2,500 to the campaign and his wife Margot has given $1,000.

During the 2008 GOP presidential race, both Perot men donated the legal maximum of $2,300 to Romney’s campaign. Sarah Perot, the wife of Ross Perot, Jr., also donated to Romney’s campaigns this year and four years ago.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.