Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry asked the Federal Election Commission this week for permission to transfer his remaining campaign funds to a yet-to-be-formed political action committee or put them toward his own reelection as Texas governor, the Sunlight Foundation reported on Thursday.
Perry campaign treasurer Salvatore Purpura wrote in a letter to the FEC that the campaign had $270,000 left when Perry suspended his operations in January before the South Carolina primary. The campaign is contacting donors to ask for permission to have their funds converted, Purpura wrote. The committee has so far received requests to refund at least $100,000.
“The committee has not yet determined whether it will become a multicandidate PAC, non-multicandidate PAC or a super PAC, though it will happily accept any guidance from the commission,” Purpura wrote.
The letter also asked whether it would be possible to turn over the funds to Perry’s 2016 reelection campaign for Texas governor.