By Crusader1954, 99GetSmart
1. Contributor – Bob Perry
Year of contribution – before 2003
Amount of contribution Bob Perry gave to Rick Perry – $2.3 million
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – after June 2003
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – In June 2003, Rick Perry helped push through a bill creating the Texas Residential Construction Commission. The agency was created with the help of Bob Perry’s lobbyist, John Krugh. Shortly after receiving a $100,000 check from Bob Perry, the governor appointed Krugh to the TRCC’s board of directors.
2. Contributor – Harrold Simmons
Year of contribution – 1995
Amount of contribution – Simmons dumped $1.2 million in campaign cash on Rick Perry.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – prior to the 1998 election
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – In 1995, Simmons set about converting an isolated patch of land in West Texas into a nuclear waste dump. It was green-lighted by TCEQ executive director Glen Shankle, who left the agency a few months later to work as the dump’s lobbyist. In January, a commission stacked with Perry appointees gave the dump permission to accept nuclear waste from around the country.
3. Contributor – David Nance
Year of contribution – ongoing since 2001
Amount of contribution – Nance gave more than $100,000 to Perry’s campaigns since 2001.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – after 2009
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – In 2009, David Nance, the founder and chairman of Convergen Life Sciences Inc, a tiny biotechnology firm, applied for a $4.5 million grant from Texas’ Emerging Technology Fund. The grant was denied. The Wall Street Journal reported that Nance appealed the decision to a Perry-appointed statewide advisory committee, of which Nance had once been a member. The committee ruled in favor of Nance. In addition, Perry appropriated $2 million in state funds to a business-services nonprofit corporation, Innovate Texas, which pays Nance a six-figure salary.
4. Contributor – Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim
Year of contribution – March 2008
Amount of contribution – The owner of the Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry Company met with Perry and soon after gave him a $100,000 donation for the Republican Governors Association
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – April 2008
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation Less than a month later, Perry asked the Environmental Protection Agency to waive ethanol standards that Pilgrim believed would drive up chicken feed costs. Pilgrim later donated $25,000 to Perry’s political action committee and footed the bill for Perry and three aides to fly to Washington, DC, to speak out against ethanol.
5. Contributor – Kenneth Lay
Year of contribution – 2001
Amount of contribution – Perry received a $25,000 check from Lay.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – 2001
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – Rick Perry appointed an Enron exec to chair the Texas Public Utilities Commission.
6. Contributor – B.J. “Red” McCombs
Year of contribution – During 2007 period
Amount of contribution – San Antonio Clear Channel billionaire BJ “Red” McCombs contributed nearly $400,000 to the governor.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – current
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – The state has pledged $25 million a year in subsidies to support the Formula One racetrack to be built near Austin, in which McCombs is the primary financial backer.
7. Contributor – Mike Toomey
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – 2007
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – In 2007, Perry signed an executive order requiring all teenage girls in Texas to take a vaccine manufactured by Merck. Merck, one of Toomey’s lobbying clients. Toomey is now creating a Perry-focused super-PAC, Make Us Great Again.
8. Contributor – Phil Adams
Amount of contribution – at least $314,000,
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – Adams was a backer of Terrabon Inc, a Houston company that received a $2.75 million grant from Perry’s Emerging Technology Fund. Perry also appointed Adams to a coveted post on Texas A&M University’s Board of Regents. Adams has returned the favor by giving the Perry family free tickets and transportation to basketball and football games.
9. Contributor – James Leininger
Year of contribution – leading up to 1998 governor race
Amount of contribution – Leininger gifted Perry’s campaigns with at least $264,000. In addition, he gave Perry a $1.1 million loan that is credited with putting Perry over the top in a 1998 race for lieutenant governor.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – 1998
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – Leininger is an investor in Gradalis Inc, a Dallas biotechnology firm that received $1.75 million from Perry’s Emerging Technology Fund, according to the Dallas Morning News reports.
10. Contributor – James Dannenbaum
Amount of contribution – James Dannenbaum donated more than $320,000 to Perry’s campaigns.
Year that Texas Governor Rick Perry Returned Favor – 2007
Perry’s method of showing his appreciation – Dannenbaum received multiple transportation contracts from the state in 2007. Perry appointed Dannenbaum to the University Of Texas Board Of Regents.
Fallout – Dannenbaum Engineering was implicated last year in an FBI investigation of El Paso officials who had swapped political donations for county contracts, according to the El Paso Times.
One of the powers of being Governor is the ability to appoint individuals to key agencies, commissions, and institutions, with little say from the legislature. Rick Perry has appointed many people since taking control of the Governor’s mansion in 2000. According to Texans for Public Justice (TPJ), he has made it a lucrative practice for his campaign.
According to TPJ’s new report, “No Donor Left Behind: Gov. Perry Reaps $6 Million from Regent Appointees”. Rick Perry has collected almost $6.1 million from the 155 people whom he has appointed to be non-student regents since becoming governor in late 2000. Over the past decade, 97 regent appointees gave to Perry’s campaign-or 63 percent of Perry’s regent appointees.
Rick Perry’s $6,000,000 Quid Pro Quo
by Matt Glazer Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 08:05 AM CDT @
Texas Governor Rick Perry is looking out for Rick Perry, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. Donors are handsomely rewarded for their campaign contributions, to Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry has no ethical or moral foundation.
There is no fairness or justice in Texas with Rick Perry as our Governor.
Vote Rick Perry out!
* Referenced Rick Perry’s 10 Worst Crony Capitalists
By Josh Harkinson Wed Aug. 17, 2011 3:05 AM PDT
Unity and Solidarity People!