Texas GOP Supporter Donates to Anti-Huckabee Campaign

Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks to supporters in Asheville, N.C., Dec. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Marler)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservative anti-tax group going after Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee got a boost this month from a major GOP donor from Houston.

According to Federal Election Commission records, The Club for Growth received $200,000 this month from Bob Perry.

Perry is the Houston homebuilder who in 2004 pumped nearly $4.5 million into the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth to pay for ads that questioned Democrat John Kerry's Vietnam service.

Perry contributed the maximum of $2,300 to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is Huckabee's top rival in Iowa.

Perry has donated to the Club for Growth in the past, including $150,000 during the 2006 election cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

The Club for Growth is spending $175,000 to continue running ads in Iowa that highlight tax increases adopted in Arkansas when Huckabee was governor.

During the past three weeks, the group has spent $550,000 to criticize Huckabee's economic policies.