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Perry files 'Statement of Candidacy'

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) speaks at the Des Moines Register's "Soap Box" today at the Iowa State Fair.

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Perry given a veggie corn dog at the Iowa State Fair.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his candidacy for president official this morning by filing the necessary documents with the Federal Election Commission to seek the presidency in 2012.

This morning, the Federal Election Commission received a Form 2 "Statement of Candidacy" from Rick Perry and his committee, RICKPERRY.ORG, INC, which was prepared on Friday, August 12. (Here's a pdf of the document.)

Received at 9:59 am, the document is signed, "James R. 'Rick' Perry" and was prepared and signed on Saturday, 8/13/11, the same day Perry announced his run at the RedState bloggers conference in Charleston, S.C.

Notably, this was filed before Perry's speech at the Des Moines Register's Soap Box event. NBC's Alex Moe reported earlier this week that the Register required candidates to be officially declared before they allowed them to speak.

The form lists Perry’s Treasurer as Salvatore Purpura, who worked in the treasurer's division of John McCain’s 2008 campaign and President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.