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GOP Donor Bob Perry Dead at 80

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Major Republican political donor Bob Perry has died. He was a Houston homebuilder but was best known for writing big checks for GOP candidates.

Perry was not related to Texas Gov. Rick Perry but gave generously to his campaigns. He also supported candidates including Mitt Romney. And he gave millions to the Swift Boat Veterans campaign that helped in the defeat of then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

According to a family friend, Perry died Saturday night in his sleep. He was 80. He and his wife Doylene had four grown children.

Some Texas politicians turned to twitter with their thoughts: