Perry's cash-strapped 2016 campaign stops paying staffers

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Beginning of the End? Perry Can't Afford to Pay His Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stopped paying his presidential campaign staff amid slow fundraising that has left his 2016 bid starving for cash barely two months after it began.

Texas' longest-serving governor raised only about $1 million in the first four weeks of after formally entering the race on June 4, which apparently is not enough cash to cover his staffing expenses.

Perry's Iowa state chairman, Sam Clovis, said Tuesday he was on a conference call with Austin campaign headquarters Monday night where staffers were told pay would be suspended.

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Few details were provided, and Clovis said he didn't seek more. But he said he'll keep working for Perry as a volunteer and didn't know of any Iowa staff who was leaving the campaign.

"I'm not going to change what I'm doing. I didn't come on for the money in the first place," Clovis said. "I know everything there is to know about running a campaign with very little money."

He said Perry can keep campaigning as long as he "can put gas in the truck."

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Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, pauses while speaking to the media in the spin area after a televised forum ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Seven candidates in the forum, hosted by Fox News and Facebook Inc. in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, were omitted from the prime-time debate stage after they didn't make the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls as recognized by Fox News. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks to the media in the spin area after a televised forum ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Seven candidates in the forum, hosted by Fox News and Facebook Inc. in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, were omitted from the prime-time debate stage after they didn't make the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls as recognized by Fox News. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Rebulican presidential candidate Rick Perry fields a question during a presidential forum hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. Seven GOP candidates were selected to participate in the forum based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. The top ten polling Republican candidates will participate in a debate following the forum. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Yale Club on July 29, 2015 in New York City. The GOP presidential candidate gave a talk to a lunch crowd on what his economic policies are and his vision for Wall Street reform. Perry's economic proposals are to the left of many of the other GOP presidential candidates. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, candidate for president, prepares to address the National Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon on his economic plan, July 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: Rick Perry speaks during the Western Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Western Conservative Summit attracts thousands of conservatives and a number of prominent politicians; this year the lineup includes Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Scott Walker. (Photo by Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: Rick Perry speaks during the Western Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Western Conservative Summit attracts thousands of conservatives and a number of prominent politicians; this year the lineup includes Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Scott Walker. (Photo by Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)
BOONE, IA - JUNE 06: Republican presidential hopefulFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a Roast and Ride event hosted by freshman Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) on June 6, 2015 in Boone, Iowa. Ernst is hoping the event, which featured a motorcycle tour, a pig roast, and speeches from several 2016 presidential hopefuls, becomes an Iowa Republican tradition. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, waves as he arrives to speak during the inaugural Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, hosted the inaugural Roast and Ride event which featured a 38-mile ride from a Des Moines Harley Davidson dealership to the Central Iowa Expo where seven current and potential Republican presidential candidates are expected to participate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, speaks during an event to formally announce his presidential campaign in a hangar at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Perry today announced his second bid for the U.S. presidency, seeking to rehabilitate his image nationally after a series of stumbles and gaffes ended his campaign in 2012. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
DALLAS, TEXAS - JUNE 4: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after announcing that he will run for president in 2016 June 4, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Rick Perry is the tenth Republican to join the race for president in 2016, and also ran for the presidency in 2012. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 02: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Republican presidential candidate speaks during the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit held at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Many of the leading Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak during the event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Staff elsewhere, including in South Carolina, say they're also staying put as volunteers, at least for now.

Meanwhile, Perry-aligned super PACs have raised about $17 million. They say they can keep Perry afloat through the Iowa caucuses, which open the presidential nominating season in February.

Perry barely missed finishing in the top 10 in a collection of national polls and therefore was not on the main stage at last Thursday's debate.

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Business mogul Donald Trump (R)

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (D)

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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Maryland (R)

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R)

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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (R)

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (R)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York (D)

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Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (R)

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

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Former CEO, Businesswoman Carly Fiorina of California (R)

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (R)

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Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)

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Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R)

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D)

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)

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Ohio Governor John Kasich (R)

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R)

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