Perdue leaves town with campaign money in the bank

Sonny Perdue may no longer be governor, but his political action committee apparently lives on.

In June 2007, after Perdue won his second and final term, he transferred the remaining $789,000 he had left in his re-election account to a new political action committee called Perdue PAC. He didn't say what he would do with the money, and the PAC collected contributions even though Perdue was barred by law from running for a third term.

Perdue PAC, which was chaired by the governor's former chief of staff John Watson, wound up spending a lot of the money on a political website and rent. But it also donated more than $300,000 to the Republican election effort last fall.

In a filing last week, Perdue PAC reported it still has $118,000 in the bank. Its biggest expense since the elections was $13,250 for a holiday mailing.

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