Perry's campaign said Friday it will likely stop using the code "ASS 06," short for "A Small Supporter," on the canceled checks of small-change contributors who donated mere pennies in protest of the governor's support for a new business tax.
Political campaigns often code contribution checks to track what inspired the donation. Perry spokesman Robert Black said the checks were coded "ASS 06" because the donations weren't tied to a specific event.
"In hindsight, it probably wasn't the best choice for an abbreviation," Black said. "They'll probably be changed to something like 'SML' for 'Small' going forward."
Lisa Stapp sent Perry a 3-cent campaign check, upset with a school funding reform bill passed in May.
"I am willing to believe that there is a code that says 'a small supporter.' I also believe that it is a disparaging remark," Stapp said. "But if I have the right to protest, he has the right to call me 'a small supporter.'"