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Governors group is Perry's largest donor
LA Times ^ | 09/13/2011 | Matea Gold

Posted on 09/13/2011 7:13:11 PM PDT by Rational Thought

Reporting from Washington— The biggest political donor to Texas Gov. Rick Perry during his 11-year tenure has not been one of the state's oil barons or cattle ranchers, but a Washington-based organization into which Perry helped funnel millions of dollars.

The Republican Governors Assn. — which Perry chaired twice — gave him $4 million in the last five years, making it the largest single source of the $102.8 million he has raised since 2001.

The organization's donations came as Perry helped infuse the governors' group with millions of dollars from some of his major political patrons. Out of the $217 million the RGA raised between January 2006 and June 2011, $68.7 million came from 139 donors who have also given to Perry, according to a new report being released Tuesday morning by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.

Nearly a third of those contributors were wealthy Texans who form the backbone of Perry's finance operation — many of whom were not active donors to the RGA until 2006, when the Texas governor took on a bigger role at the organization.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; gardasil; merck2rga; merck4perry; rickperry
Money is the mother’s milk of politics.

Jesse Unruh

1 posted on 09/13/2011 7:13:15 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Rational Thought

And the problem is?? This is how politics works...ALWAYS has...


2 posted on 09/13/2011 7:15:44 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Rational Thought

Wait...I thought Merck was Perry’s largest contributor???


3 posted on 09/13/2011 7:17:43 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("A gentleman considers what is just; a small man considers what is expedient.")
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To: Rational Thought

Permanent Political Class, anyone?


4 posted on 09/13/2011 7:18:08 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale.")
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To: Rational Thought

The RGA raised $217 million in 5 years. It’s job is to elect republican governors. During that 5 years, it gave Rick Perry $4 million. $4 million is less than 1/50th of the total the RGA. Perry is governor of 1 of the 50 states, the 2nd largest state, and yet he got less than 1/50th of the money they spent to elect republican governors.

Sounds like if anything he got less than the share you’d expect. Especially since he ran it twice and managed to hook up a good number of those donations.

Nice to see the liberals attacking our candidates for getting money from an official republican political organization. Hope our own side don’t fall into this trap.


5 posted on 09/13/2011 7:19:22 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Sacajaweau
"(N)early $30,000 from the drugmaker
since 2000" given to Perry
and "more than $355,000...
to the Republican Governors Association since 2006
which was the year that Perry began to play a prominent role."

6 posted on 09/13/2011 7:19:55 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Rational Thought

Republican governors often make good presidents.


7 posted on 09/13/2011 7:25:25 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: Sacajaweau

Dittos!

As I’ve said before...

We have to get 0 OUT. Perry isn’t the purist but
like I said, WE NEED TO GET 0 OUT.


8 posted on 09/13/2011 7:26:08 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

No, but they donated a bunch of dough to the RGA.


9 posted on 09/13/2011 7:29:59 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Rational Thought


10 posted on 09/13/2011 7:30:44 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (GOD 2012 because no one else will do)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

There’s nothing wrong with the RGA donating $4m to Perry at all. However, don’t try and sell me that the ‘establishment is scared of him’ line of crap, when the establishment is his biggest donor.


11 posted on 09/13/2011 7:32:01 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

BTW, I mean that in general, not to accuse you of saying that the establishment is scared.


12 posted on 09/13/2011 7:34:36 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Diogenesis
"(N)early $30,000 from the drugmaker since 2000" given to Perry and "more than $355,000... to the Republican Governors Association since 2006 which was the year that Perry began to play a prominent role."

The Republican association raised $31 Million for political activity in just three months of 2010 (July to September).

The contributors included an additional $250,000 from Rupert Murdoch’s News America Inc., bringing its total contribution for the year to $1.25 million; $3.5 million from Bob Perry, the Texas builder who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, for a year-to-date total of $4 million; $1 million from Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and longtime conservative donor; and $1 million from Paul Singer, the hedge fund manager, who has now contributed $2 million to the group this year.

In addition, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce donated $1 million, bringing its total to $5.4 million. A number of corporations also wrote sizable checks, including Cisco Systems, for $35,000; Microsoft, for $100,000; and Motorola, for $50,000. (These companies also contributed to the Democratic Governors Association.)

So, Merck's 355k contribution is a pittance in terms of even amounts contributed to the RGA by the MI Chamber of Commerce. Nice try though - keep digging.

13 posted on 09/13/2011 7:36:51 PM PDT by RobertClark (People sleep peaceably in their beds at night b'cse good men are rdy to do violence on their behalf)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I really wish DeMint would get in the race.


14 posted on 09/13/2011 7:36:58 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("A gentleman considers what is just; a small man considers what is expedient.")
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
No, but they donated a bunch of dough to the RGA.

See reply 13. In terms of comparison, Merck's contributions are a pittance.

15 posted on 09/13/2011 7:38:20 PM PDT by RobertClark (People sleep peaceably in their beds at night b'cse good men are rdy to do violence on their behalf)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Yeah, he’s the only senator I’d toss my ‘no senators’ rule for. :)


16 posted on 09/13/2011 7:38:40 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: RobertClark

The direct contributions, the meetings, contributions through the RGA, the incestuous relationship between Merck and various Perry Chiefs of Staff...

At some point, all of these ‘pittances’ will add up to something more than a pittance. Better that time be now than after we’re stuck with him as the nominee.


17 posted on 09/13/2011 7:42:11 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Me too. Seriously, DeMint is the real deal, everything we need wrapped up into one guy. I’m sure the really hardshell supporters of a few other candidates on here would pitch a fit, but frankly, we need to consolidate behind a solid, all-around conservative, and none of the others - Palin, Perry, Cain, etc. - have it all consistently.


18 posted on 09/13/2011 7:44:21 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("A gentleman considers what is just; a small man considers what is expedient.")
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Until they do, it is all mere conjecture. Wishing something to be present doesn’t make it so.


19 posted on 09/13/2011 7:45:39 PM PDT by RobertClark (People sleep peaceably in their beds at night b'cse good men are rdy to do violence on their behalf)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Skeered? Of Perry?? Hardly. The establishment GOP is playing two cards in this primary, Romney and Perry, and will be happy with either of these two native sons continuing the GOP's kinder, gentler progressivism.
20 posted on 09/13/2011 7:52:54 PM PDT by GBA
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Financial kickback is only one side of the coin when it comes to the permanent political class.

The other is political. Maybe Perry will speak out against the permanent political class.

Maybe he’ll pretend it doesn’t exist.


21 posted on 09/13/2011 8:07:45 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale.")
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To: Sacajaweau

[And the problem is?? This is how politics works...ALWAYS has...[

Which works fine until; we are all bankrupt. I just risked my life (literally) writing a book about Harry eid’s crony corruption. So according to you, I should have been Reid’s biggest supporter because:

This is how politics works...ALWAYS has...


22 posted on 09/13/2011 8:18:14 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: RobertClark

[See reply 13. In terms of comparison, Merck’s contributions are a pittance.]

It isn’t that one deal, it is the pattern. I just spent a good chunk of my life exposing how Harry Reid runs the scam.

No more politics as usual. We are bankrupt, kaput, and you want more of the same?


23 posted on 09/13/2011 8:21:52 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: DaxtonBrown
No more politics as usual. We are bankrupt, kaput, and you want more of the same?

I absolutely want nothing of the status quo. I have surveyed the current field and there is not what I would consider a "pure" Conservative amongst them. Disappointing? Yes, but we must use what tools we have to generate a change.

Perry has demonstrated a willingness to listen to his constituency and has a lot to offer in terms of necessary changes. Perfect? No. But a start. We cannot afford to have substantial infighting which could give us Romney (MCCain II), and we sure as heck cannot afford 4 additional years of Obama.

24 posted on 09/13/2011 8:42:21 PM PDT by RobertClark (People sleep peaceably in their beds at night b'cse good men are rdy to do violence on their behalf)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Well, yes, you would expect 1/50th to go to Texas.

But it is the REPUBLICAN Governors Assoc.

That just might skew your math a little.

25 posted on 09/13/2011 8:43:10 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
With the exception of Cain, EVERY candidate has donors that can be held up as horrible examples of cronyism.

Simply because they are all POLITICIANS, raising money is what they do.

And you can throw the undecided one into that heap, too.

26 posted on 09/13/2011 8:48:22 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Rational Thought

And if you think Perry can be bought by $4 million dollars, well, he’s offended.


27 posted on 09/13/2011 8:50:05 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: diogenes ghost

Okay. Show me examples.


28 posted on 09/13/2011 8:51:45 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: DaxtonBrown
"I just risked my life (literally) writing a book about Harry eid's crony corruption."

I think I saw that listed on Amazon....."A Drama Queen gives Dingy Harry a Rectal Exam".

29 posted on 09/13/2011 8:55:48 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

The RGA is not the RNC establishment. the RGA, for example ran much, much better ads and campaign support in 2010 than did the RNC or the Senate committees, with a much better record in key battlegrounds. They run a much better shop and make much smarter decisions.


30 posted on 09/13/2011 9:04:23 PM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: ilgipper

I’m sure you’re right. Those outsiders at the Republican Governors Association are well known.


31 posted on 09/13/2011 9:07:03 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
"Okay. Show me examples."

Logic should tell you that ALL politicians have donors that can be spun to reflect badly on them. And you shouldn't have to be shown examples, but here's just one.....

Contributions to unnamed PAC (starts with S and ends with H)

T H McElvain Oil & Gas.....$5,000

Duer Wagner Oil & Gas....$5,000

A W Williams Drilling....$1,000

Richard Solomon, Aramco....$500

M A Custer Petroleum....$500

Obviously this politician, who one FReeper taglines as not for sale, IS for sale, and has sold out to those horrid Oil Companies.

AND, this same PAC has over 80 contributors of $500 or more who identify as RETIRED!!!!

So when this politician panders to the geezers, you can rest assured they have earned their panders.

Now this was a simple search, for just one PAC.....it can be done for ANY politician, for just about any industry or special interest.

Technically, I guess you could say they ALL take bribes, it's just a matter of size and timing.

32 posted on 09/13/2011 9:36:38 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost

Okay, where did she mandate one of their products? who in her staff works for one of those companies? Family members? What special favors were done?

Seems like you’re trying to equate all political donations with what happened with Perry and Merck. If I didn’t know better, I’d have to accuse you of being willfully dishonest.


33 posted on 09/13/2011 9:41:12 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Boy, you are sure hard-headed, but here goes.

Does anyone close to her work in the oil industry?

Did any of her Oil industry decisions affect them positively?

Of course, the answer is yes to both questions.

Yet it would be a very dishonest stretch to suggest a quid-pro-quo.

And THAT is my point....that EVERY contribution to EVERY politician can be considered a bribe, in that the contributor is expecting something in return.

They are all whores, thus the appellation "second oldest profession".

34 posted on 09/13/2011 9:59:19 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: All

Perry is the poster child for Crony Capitalism, next to Obama.

We need a better candidate.

I just wish she would run.


35 posted on 09/13/2011 10:27:39 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield ("President Obama blames ________ for his inability to _____.")
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To: All

Perry is the poster child for Crony Capitalism, next to Obama.

We need a better candidate.

I just wish she would run.


36 posted on 09/13/2011 10:27:47 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield ("President Obama blames ________ for his inability to _____.")
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To: diogenes ghost; Brices Crossroads

The glaring generalities you have produced aren’t in the least bit convincing.

Perry received donations from Merck. He had meetings with Merck. His former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Gardasil. His chief of staff at the time was the mother-in-law of the state rep who was the Texas chair of a group called Women in Government that Merck used to funnel money into states all over the country. Perry mandated the use of a Merck product through executive order.

I defy you to find anything approaching this with Palin or really any other candidate in the GOP field.

And by the way, here’s a completely unrelated issue of blatant cronyism from Perry:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576428262897285614.html

And let me remind you that we haven’t even gotten started on all the shenanigans behind the Trans Texas Corridor debacle.


37 posted on 09/14/2011 6:19:37 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: diogenes ghost

“I just risked my life (literally) writing a book about Harry Reid’s crony corruption.”

[I think I saw that listed on Amazon.....”A Drama Queen gives Dingy Harry a Rectal Exam”.]

I am so glad you have volunteered to help me interview the Mafia killers who still need to be contacted, because you are sooooo brave.

Epolito (in jail in Arizona for killing up to ten people as a bad New York Cop)
Anthony “the animal” Fiato, mob hitman now in witness protection
Terry Gordon, las vegas porn king who had his car blown up
Dave M - indicted for killing two wives and two other males, shooting one in the balls
Gerald Burgess - who either murdered a 7 year old, or was set up by the mob.
Oscar Goodman, famous mob lawyer/mayor
Joe Conforte, famous pimp now in Brazil still pimping underage girls
David Burgess - doing jail time for child porn after running the Mustang ranch brothel

The list is longer than this, but you get the idea. There are some vindictive Vegas connected billionaires I left out.

I’m glad you pointed out that I am a drama queen, because now you can prove it by interviewing some of these people for me. Make sure to leave your name and phone number with them so you are traceable, it is no big deal after all.

I am sure glad I found a sucker - I mean brave person who is willing to take the heat for me. Glad to know you.


38 posted on 09/14/2011 6:48:01 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Rational Thought

Governors group is Perry’s largest donor

Cool. It will be the states that slay the out of control federal government’s appetite for power.


39 posted on 09/14/2011 6:49:57 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: DaxtonBrown
My, my, Queenie, you are just making me shake in my boots.

You profess to be a writer/journalist, covering crime/corruption.

I'm just curious....are you the first...ever? If not, how were all the others killed without it making it into the press, 'cuz it would seem to be in their best interest to cover such a story.

Oh, and while we're at it, why is your deadly profession not listed on "worlds deadliest jobs"?

You may be good at what you do, I hope are successful, but leave the drama to others, it will only demean you.

40 posted on 09/14/2011 1:10:05 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost

[My, my, Queenie, you are just making me shake in my boots.]

When someone calls someone else Queenie, I find it is usually projection from someone who has been doing goats or some such and is an attempt to distract from the issue at hand.

I am giving you an opportunity, oh brave soul, to call the people I have listed and put your name out for all to see how brave you are. We all know how despised the guy is who shivers in the foxhole while others are out fighting, and I guess that is you. Since you haven’t offered to help, and I guarntee you won’t, we know exactly who the blowhard is.

It is actually quite amusing, I can call you a blowhard and not be afraid of blowback because you have nothing to show. Diddly, nada, squat, zippo. You don’t know any of these people, you don’t live with them or their threats, so I call you out as a weak little coward. You are a nothing and it shows.


41 posted on 09/14/2011 2:43:37 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: DaxtonBrown
"....an attempt to distract from the issue at hand."

No, it ADDRESSES the issue, which is that you are acting like a drama queen, which is obvious.

Man up, fill your boots, stiff upper lip and all that.

42 posted on 09/14/2011 4:22:17 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost

You are all hat, no cattle. buh bye


43 posted on 09/14/2011 7:05:03 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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