Former California Republican U.S. Senate nominee and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has signed on to advise a “dark money” group tied to Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Fiorina, 59, of Virginia, will serve on the advisory board of Americans for Economic Freedom, a “501(c)(4) that examines and promotes policies that work to create opportunity, and does not engage in direct political advocacy,” according to its news release.
The Houston Chronicle reported the group’s founding last September as “aimed at helping Gov. Rick Perry lay the foundation for a another presidential run” and launched with “more than $200,000 in leftover cash from a now-defunct Super PAC that raised millions for Perry’s failed 2012 bid.” The group can take unlimited, completely anonymous contributions; Perry strategist Jeff Miller, a former major fundraiser for California Republicans, is its CEO.
“From small business owners to CEOs, business leaders have a deep understanding of the policies that help create jobs, opportunity and innovation,” Miller said in Wednesday’s news release. “We are proud to have Carly’s guidance on our board, and look forward to our continued efforts to promote policies that bolster economic freedom and strengthen the U.S.”
Fiorina said that as a businesswoman, “I’m proud to stand with an organization that values and understands the prosperity that is created through smart economic policies. I look forward to working with AEF to increase our understanding of how to create American jobs and focus on economic growth.”
Fiorina, formerly of Los Altos Hills, was chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. In 2010, she defeated former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the GOP senatorial primary, and then lost to incumbent Barbara Boxer that November.
She became a vice-chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in mid-2011 in order to help Republicans in their failed bid to retake control of the U.S. Senate in 2012; she also co-chaired the California campaign of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Last September, she was named chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.