McLeroy, Mercer Get Late Money

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry put $5,000 into College Station incumbent Don McLeroy‘s shaky State Board of Education campaign on Friday, according to a “telegram” report published on the Texas Ethics Commission Web site late today. San Antonio incumbent Ken Mercer also reported $1,200 in late contributions from two donors (but not Perry) over the weekend.

Bob Perry is one of the nation’s biggest campaign donors, and he spreads his money around to Republicans and Democrats (with Republicans getting a particularly healthy share). He also helped bankroll the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth smear campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004.

He has been known to support some “culture war” issues as well. In 2005, for example, he poured $160,000 into political action committees that supported passage of a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage in Texas.

Despite the late donations to their campaigns, McLeroy and Mercer still trail far behind their Republican primary challengers — Thomas Ratliff of Mount Pleasant and Tim Tuggey of Austin — in total fundraising.

Check our our most recent report on campaign fundraising for State Board of Education races.

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  • Ben says:

    Just voted in District 5.

    Sure felt good.

  • Charles says:

    Oh, one more thing. I wonder if that late money might be the desperate little boys’ fingers in the dike to hold off a flood.?

  • Charles says:

    Well folks. It’s nearly midnight here in the east. It’s all up to the voters in Texas now. How does TFN plan to inform us outlanders of the voting results as they come in tomorrow night? I feel certain that many of us would like to learn the results, evaluate them, and discuss the results of the primary.

    I hope Becky Bell-Metereau wins. We shall see.

  • James F says:

    $5,000? Why, that’s about 83 cents for every year that McLeroy thinks the universe has existed. If he weren’t a creationist, that would be a whopping $11,458,333,333 donation!

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