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.