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Published — July 31, 2013 Updated — May 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm ET

Bob Perry’s final donation not from beyond grave?

Super PAC amends financial report to state Texas megadonor contributed before death, not after


Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super PAC that supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., today reported receiving a $100,000 contribution from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry on June 3.

At first glance, this came as no surprise. Perry has long been a major financial contributor to the Republican Party and other conservative causes.

Just one problem — Perry died on April 13.

Calls by the Center for Public Integrity to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and a former Perry spokesman went unreturned.

But several hours later, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership filed an amendment indicating Perry had not donated from beyond the grave, instead given the money on April 12, the day before he died.

Just weeks before his death, Perry also contributed $2 million to Texans for a Conservative Majority and $1 million to Senate Conservatives Action, a super PAC with ties to former Sen. Jim DeMint, new Federal Election Commission filings show.

In limited instances, people who’ve died may still make political contributions, according to federal law.

A person may, for example, establish a trust and direct that certain amounts of money be used for political purposes following his or her death.

Read more in Money and Democracy

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