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Americans for Rick Perry, the La Jolla-based independent super PAC backing the GOP Texas governor's possible presidential bid, collected a total of $193,000 during the first six months of the year, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

$100,000 came from Harold Simmons (left), the Dallas billionaire who pioneered leveraged buyouts and now controls multi-national Valhi Inc., which owns titanium mines and waste management operations.

In a profile last year, D Magazine called Simmons "Dallas' Most Evil Genius", citing his toxic waste business.

Other contributors to the Perry PAC included $25,000 from Withers Energy Group of Cypress, Texas, and $10,000 from Wareing & Company Ltd of Houston.

Since the report, the super PAC has raised another $200,000, La Jolla strategist Bob Schuman told Politico. “I would be surprised if the other major candidates don’t somehow get super PACs or 527s formed."

The super PAC paid Schuman's firm $11,000 in June, with $6,000 going to San Diego's Henson Design for website design.

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InOmbra Aug. 3, 2011 @ 8:03 a.m.

Looking at the Schuman Group's client list (which includes Susan Golding and Jan Goldsmith), we can hope that Schuman's past clients' runs for President are indicators of Perry's future.

Senator Phil Gramm, Gramm for President Jack Kemp for President

http://schumangroup.com/clients.html http://schumangroup.com/about_us.html


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