Perry Gave $1 Million Before Election to Senate-Focused Super-PAC

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry.

Point to any active Republican super-political action committee in the 2012 campaign, and there is a good chance Bob Perry was helping to fund it.

The Houston homebuilder gave millions of dollars to Republican super-PACs during the campaign, including $1 million to Freedom Fund North America, which aided Republican Senate candidates in Montana and North Dakota who were unsuccessful in the Nov. 6 election.

Perry gave the $1 million on Oct. 16, or three weeks before the election, the super-PAC said in a filing today at the Federal Election Commission. Freedom Fund North America spent $990,000, split evenly between the two races.

Montana and North Dakota were among the biggest Republican disappointments in the Senate elections, in which Democrats made a net gain of two seats despite having more than twice as many seats to defend as Republicans.

In Montana, Democratic incumbent Jon Tester was re-elected by 4 percentage points over at-large Rep. Denny Rehberg in a state that President Barack Obama lost by 14 points. In North Dakota, where Obama lost by 20 points, Democrats kept the seat of retiring Senator Kent Conrad after former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp beat at-large Rep. Rick Berg by one point.


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