Rick Perry's PAC Fundraising Off Felony Indictment

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I'm not surprised that Rick Perry is fundraising off of his two indictments. He's trying his damnedest to make the case sound like a farce despite the very serious nature of the charges.

I am, however, surprised to see another sitting Republican Governor actually coming to the defense of the once and future failed Presidential candidate.

To date, Perry's RickPAC has sent at least three fundraising emails to gin up funds for his “leadership PAC” that he will in turn contribute to other candidates who cannot count to three.

Current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal actually sent a fundraising email to the RickPAC list to raise funds for Perry. It included a tasteless and inflammatory video featuring footage of Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg, whose arrest for DWI has apparently become the focus of Perry's efforts to combat his legal issues.

Perry is also selling tee shirts with his smirking mugshot on them, apparently trying to milk his last few minutes on the national stage for all they're worth.

This week, Perry started a hashtag, #IStandWithRickPerry, to generate grassroots support on Twitter. Hmmm…. sound familiar?

His campaign — err, his “leadership PAC” — sent an email asking people to give $5 and get a bumper sticker.

Unfortunately the email failed to mention the bumper sticker part in the email. Oops.

Overall, Perry's public defense seems to hinge on painting the indictment as partisan politics, despite the fact that the Travis Co. DA's office and a Travis Co. District Judge recused themselves, and a special investigator appointed to the case was appointed by a Republican.

His strategy seems to be working among his base, which is perhaps key to his 2016 Presidential ambitions. But at the same time I can't help but wonder if emphasizing his felony indictment to a national audience is really a way to appeal to eventual general election swing voters.

But hey, at least it's a tad more creative than his original fundraising appeals about the evils of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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