Swiftboat Ad Funder Gives Big Bucks To Karl Rove’s Super PAC

Bob Perry, the Texas real estate mogul who bankrolled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisements against then-Presidential candidate John Kerry back in 2004, is now cutting checks to a conservative “super PAC” run by two former aides to George W. Bush.American Crossroads, run by former Bush aides Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said in a Federal Elections Commission report filed yesterday that it got $500,000 from Perry back in late February.

The group, which spent more than any other super PAC in the 2010 election cycle, also received $2 million from the Jerry Perenchio Living Trust, which is affiliated with Jerry Perenchio, the chief executive of Chartwell Partners and $1 million from Robert Rowling, the chief executive officer of TRT Holdings.

Spencer MacColl did the math on the OpenSecrets blog of the Center for Responsive Politics and figured out that between Jan. 1 and June 13, just three donors provided 91 percent of the money the group received.