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Here's a rundown of the different industries represented by individuals who contributed to Texas Governor Rick Perry's re-election campaign in 2010, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
1. Oil and Gas: $4,902,958
2. Conservative Policy Groups: $3,081,270
3. Securities and Investment: $2,271,104
4. Real Estate: $1,850,784
5. Homebuilders: $1,776,770
6. Lawyers and Lobbyists: $1,631,339
7. Health Professionals: $1,299,294
8. Automotive: $1,101,073
9. Retired: $874,424
10. Insurance: $861,608
Perry still has to report individual donations, but the game of campaign spending is changing. The emergence of super PACs (political action committees) means there's likely to be a lot of money supporting Perry's presidential bid that doesn't come out of his campaign coffers.
A new super PAC, called Make Us Great Again, has pledged to spend $55 million on Perry's bid for the republican presidential nomination. MSNBC reports that "strategists behind the new Perry super PAC, led by a longtime Perry confidant and backed with infusions of cash from major Perry donors, are preparing to mount a full service political operation — complete with TV advertising, direct mail and social media outreach."