Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC

Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections.

RickPAC was created with the “goal of helping elect Republicans to office who share the governor’s philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation,” Mark Miner, a spokesman for the PAC, said in an interview.

The Federal Election Commission processed the PAC’s statement of organization on July 31.

It’s common for prospective presidential candidates to use PACs to make campaign contributions to preferred candidates. Republicans are favored to keep their House majority and are seeking a Senate majority after targeting Democratic-held seats in numerous states including Iowa, where the first intraparty contest of the presidential election is held.

Perry has said he’s seriously considering a second White House bid after a late-starting and unsuccessful 2012 campaign that he’s described as “painful” and “very humbling.”

“Preparation is the single most important lesson that I learned out of that process,” Perry said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in June. “If I do next year make that decision” to run for president, “I will be prepared,” Perry said.

Perry has appeared frequently on Sunday morning news programs to criticize the Obama administration’s immigration policy, including its handling of a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The PAC’s treasurer is Stefan Passantino, who leads the political law practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge and was previously counsel to Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker who also ran for president in 2012.

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