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Perry to huddle with donors, evangelical supporters

A week after he wrapped up his opening campaign swing through three primary states, Gov. Rick Perry will reportedly huddle Saturday with donors and evangelical supporters at a Fredericksburg, Texas ranch.

The event is to be held at the ranch of Jim Leininger, a San Antonio physician and school voucher advocate who has long been a financial backer of Perry's. A search of the Texas Tribune's campaign finance tracker shows that Leininger has given Perry over $200,000 in contributions since 2000.

Per the Dallas Morning News: "In some quarters, he's seen as saving Perry's political career with a last-minute infusion of $1.1 million to fuel Perry's 1998 victory as lieutenant governor. Perry was in a tight race against Democrat John Sharp when Leininger guaranteed the $1.1 million loan to Perry's campaign. That allowed a $1 million advertizing blitz and helped him squeak out a victory."

Other attendees at the meeting will include, the Morning News reports: Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler, WallBuilders founder David Barton, and evangelist Rick Scarborough.

A spokesperson for Leininger said that he is traveling and is not available to comment to the press. A spokesman for the Perry campaign could not be reached for comment.