Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can no longer pay his campaign staff because he is essentially —broke.
On Friday, a day after the GOP debate, Perry’s campaign manager Jeff Miller told staff they would no longer be paid as funds have dried up and are free to look for other jobs. Financial woes, however, have not deterred most staff members from standing by the Republican’s side.
Perry has had trouble with his second presidential run in gaining the same kind of loyal support as he previously could. Perry’s 2012 campaign raised over $19 million, but so far his 2015 campaign has only been able to gain a little over $1 million in fundraising (compare that to Rand Paul with $7 million and Jeb Bush with $11.4 million).
Perry’s campaign is scaling down expenses to the bare minimum — commercial flights and traveling with only two aides instead of a whole posse. Not to fear, though, as Perry’s super PAC, which has raised nearly $17 million, is planning to help the candidate.
“We’ve got plenty of money," Austin Barbour, senior adviser to the super PAC, said. "That’s what I know. And we’re going to put that money to use in Iowa to make sure the governor is in the top three there. The super PAC is not going to let Rick Perry down."
But Barbour mentioned that Perry’s real shot at gaining financial support will be once he skyrockets in the polls because of a “breakout performance.” While Barbour remains optimistic Perry can come out of his shell and stun everyone with his intellect, his advisors seem to have forgotten the 2012 “Oops” campaign run that turned the candidate into a political laughing stock.
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