Remember When Brint Ryan, Perry's Super PAC Man, Spent $1 Million to Lose a Council Seat?

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For the past week or so, stories have been circulating about all the Super PACs lining up to line Rick Perry's pockets as he scooches toward Saturday's announcement that he's running for president. Among the PACs stacked up: Americans for Rick Perry, Jobs for Iowa, GrowPAC and TuPAC, though I may be wrong about one of those. (Not to mention Stephen Colbert's Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow PAC, which is also endorsing Rick Perry ... pardon, Rick Parry.)

But now, one has emerged triumphant: Make Us Great Again, which is headed by ex-Perry chief o' staff Mike Toomey and which, says The Wall Street Journal, has landed local political fund-raiser Cynthia Wiedemann, who's collected dough for the likes of Pauline Medrano, Sheffie Kadane and Rand Paul.

As has been pointed out time and again in recent days, Make Us Great Again's chief fund-raiser is G. Brint Ryan, the tax man and Dallas County GOP finance chair who's probably best known for trying to win Mitchell Rasansky's District 13 seat in the 2009 city council election -- which he ultimately lost to Ann Margolin after a nasty race that included attack ads and legal action.

I've left messages for Ryan, who also spent, famously, close to $1 million in that city council race -- an unprecedented amount for a council seat, especially for a man who, as The Dallas Morning News pointed out at the time, had never even voted in a municipal election. A week after he lost, Ryan talked to Dave Levinthal about the money he dropped on the campaign and if he'd ever run again:
"I'd consider doing it again if the right conditions present themselves. I'd never say never to it," Ryan said. "By doing this, I learned a ton from the experience. I made hundreds of new friends. I even lost 10 pounds. Most importantly, I went from being a very isolated CEO to a very well-connected local leader."
In other words, money well spent.
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MattL1
MattL1

If you think about it, Ryan only spent $161 per vote.  Seems like pretty good value to me, though I'm admittedly not an expert in this area. 

Thomas Mickle
Thomas Mickle

Georgina:  This article is about people with money doing stupid things.

Thomas Mickle
Thomas Mickle

Cynthia Wiedeman....good grief...his money can't buy someone better than that to raise money....Pauline Medrano...that says it all.....The Medranos--I wonder how all the Republican's will appreciate Wiedeman spilling The Medranos and the Garcias all over their Golden Boy.  Mike Toomey agreed to this...wow...he is slipping...or Brint Ryan doesn't know what he is doing or getting some really bad advice.......probably both!

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Well, damn, as long as he is now "well-connected." all is okay in God's Country. To hell with Dallas, or our issues--this race was about him. Massengill Man.

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Some people need to keep a close eye on all these Perry super pacs.  I'm guessing Good Hair has already figured out raising money at a couple of grand max a pop is much harder than calling up his buddies and raising it at unlimited amounts without scrutiny.  Thus the Brint Ryans of the world are going to 527 us to death.  And I'm guessing it will all be coordinated, even though that would be illegal.  This is Rick.  Anything is possible.

Georgina Bush
Georgina Bush

What is this article about? I don't understand it's relevance. 

Sharon Boyd
Sharon Boyd

Right on Matt.  At $161 per vote, he'll go through his $750+ million net worth in no time...

CR
CR

But a significant and newsworthy article would examine why he would want to invest $1 million into being mayor that officially pays how much? (See John Wiley Price)

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

How Texas--and espeically Dallas--are used as practice fields for the GOP. If you can stomp on them suckers good now, they aren't always dead....

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