Rick Perry exited the race 50 days ago. Today, I got two emails to my special Perry address. One email was from Ted Cruz, another presidential candidate. The other was from Paul Ryan, the new Speaker of the House.
Here's Ted Cruz's email, sent to my Perry account. It's actually identical to one I received on my Cruz account. (I've hidden the To: address, except for the 'rick' part).
The email headers look like:
Received: from mail3.postup.targetedvictory.com (mail3.postup.targetedvictory.com [18.104.22.168]) by projectp (Postfix) with ESMTP id 1266C26041B for
; Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:28:59 +0000 (UTC)
Rick Perry uses the company "TargetedVictory" for his mass emailings, where Ted Cruz uses another company. This shows that Perry didn't give his address list to Cruz, but instead let Cruz use the address list.
The other email was from Paul Ryan asking for donations to the NRCC. Apparently, the reason Paul Ryan took the job of Speaker was solely for the children.
What is the NRCC? I had to look it upon Wikipedia. It's a SuperPAC setup in 1866 to support House Republicans. They get a couple hundred million dollars in donations every year. There's a similar DCCC for the Democrats.
As a side note: Thunderbird claims this might be a "scam". I love the irony.
So why these emails from Perry? One answer could be money, that they paid him to use his mailing list. Another could be politics, that in exchange for pimping his donors, he could receive political consideration for other things, like being named ambassador or something. Thirdly, he could just be a nice guy who wants to see Republicans and his fellow Texan win.
My bet is this, that we'll see Perry officially endorse Ted Cruz in the next couple weeks, announced at some major event, timed to give Cruz a boost in the polls. If that's the case, then this would be an interesting lesson in how projects like this can scoop what's going on inside the campaigns.
Update: Comment thread over at Reddit: