Rick Perry unveils PAC in Texas
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Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Regulators say Perry plan didn’t pass legal muster | Chamber to push for 25-cent gas tax hike | Energy expert sees US becoming 'undisputed leader' in oil, gas Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Energy regulators: Perry’s coal plan wasn’t legally defensible MORE unveiled his federal PAC — meant to help fellow Republicans running in midterms — to attendees at a national conservative conference in Fort Worth on Friday.

RickPAC, the papers for which the Federal Election Commission processed July 31, is meant to help "elect Republicans to office who share the governor’s philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation,” RickPAC spokesman Mark Miner told Bloomberg earlier this week.

The PAC's treasurer, Stefan Passantino, served as counsel to former House Speaker and 2012 contender Newt Gingrich and currently leads McKenna Long & Aldridge, a political law practice.

The Texas governor, who has worked to maintain his national reputation by recently exchanging barbs with the president over the border crisis, is weighing another White House bid after running unsuccessfully in 2012. 

Perry hosted a reception Thursday for the conference, put on by the conservative website RedState, followed by a speech Friday morning. It was at a national RedState gathering in August 2011 that Perry declared his last presidential campaign.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are also attending the weekend conference.