New group allowed even more secretive donations forms for Perry
In an effort to further outpace campaign finance disclosure rules, supporters of presidential candidate Rick Perry have formed a group which, under IRS rules, can accept unlimited contributions from secret donors.
Citizens for a Greater America was started by Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff and now a lobbyist for Merck, a global health care company. He has been described by the director of Back to Basics, a Texas-based liberal PAC, as cozy with big business and “Perry’s best friend.”
According to an article in iWatch news, a Perry fundraiser said he received a fact sheet about Citizens for a Greater America when he asked Toomey whether Perry’s Super PAC, Make Us Great Again, “had a 501(c)(4) arm for people who wanted to remain anonymous.”
The new tax-exempt group has been formed in addition to at least five Super PACs that can accept unlimited checks for Perry’s campaign, but is the first that isn’t legally obligated to reveal its donors.