Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still mum about whether he'll jump into the race for the White House, but supporters are trying to spur him on by flashing a ton of cash in his name.
Americans for Rick Perry, an outside group with no formal affiliation to the governor, announced Thursday that it had raised $400,000 in three weeks, a sign that he will have a solid foundation of financial support if he decides to run.
California-based GOP strategist Bob Schuman, who started the group, said he plans to expand the organization throughout the country, and just hired Iowa-based operative Craig Schoenfeld, formerly with Newt Gingrich's campaign, to head up operations there. The group is working to secure a spot for the governor at the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, which traditionally serves as a important early benchmark on the presidential campaign trail.
Perry has hinted that he will run, but says he will not make a decision about his 2012 plans until after a national prayer meeting in Houston on Aug. 6.
Americans for Rick Perry is listed as a 527 under the United States tax code, meaning that the group can solicit unlimited amounts from donors.