Perry’s $2 Million Top Donation to Republican Governors Group

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry

The Republican Governors Association raised $14.8 million in this year’s third quarter, including $2 million from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, it said in a filing to the Internal Revenue Service.

Perry’s donation was the largest to the RGA during the three-month period ended Sept. 30. Perry has donated $2.5 million this year to the RGA, which is working to elect more Republican governors in the Nov. 6 election.

Perry has donated tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates and committees. Since the beginning of 2011, he’s donated $8 million to Restore Our Future, a super-PAC aiding Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and $6.5 million to American Crossroads, a Republican super-PAC founded with help from Karl Rove.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which usually backs more Republicans than Democrats, gave $500,000 to the RGA in the third quarter, bringing the business federation’s year-to-date donations to $1 million.

The Building Industry Association of Washington, based in Olympia, also donated $500,000 to the RGA. Washington state is hosting a competitive race for governor between Democrat Jay Inslee, a former Representative, and Republican Rob McKenna, the state Attorney General.

Consol Energy Inc., the largest U.S. coal producer by market value, donated $350,000 to the RGA. Daniel S. Loeb, the founder of Third Point LLC hedge fund, and Jack Taylor, the founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co., each gave $250,000.

Twelve states have elections for governor on Nov. 6.

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