Republican Presidential

Report: Perry stops paying campaign staff

The low-polling GOP candidate is set to be at Iowa State Fair

Former Texas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks during a campaign event at the Bread
Former Texas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks during a campaign event at the Bread Basket Tea Room in Manchester on Sunday, August 9, 2015.(KC McGinnis / The Gazette)

Rick Perry’s presidential campaign has stopped paying staff — including in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — as the Republican former Texas governor’s fundraising has dried up, the Washington Post reported late Monday.

The newspaper, quoting anonymous sources it said were familiar with the campaign operation, reported that Perry has stopped paying campaign staff in his Austin, Texas, headquarters as well.

Earlier Monday, the National Journal reported that Perry has stopped paying campaign staff in South Carolina, but several said they’d continue working without pay.

“Money is extremely tight,” said Katon Dawson, Perry’s South Carolina campaign chairman, according to the National Journal. “We all moved to volunteer status,”

In Iowa, Perry registered just 2 percent support in a poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling, conducted after last week’s nationally-televised GOP debates.

Perry did not make the cut established by Fox News to participate in its prime-time debate. Instead, he participated with the seven lowest-polling GOP candidates in a debate televised that afternoon.

Perry made campaign stops Sunday in Iowa — including in Manchester — and is scheduled to appear Aug. 21 at the Iowa State Fair.

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