Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to say that Texas is “open for business.” Gov. Perry himself has done quite a bit of business with his political allies, to their mutual benefit. A Dallas Morning News investigation found that he made $500,000 in land deals with one powerful family, which sold him the property below its appraised value and bought it back from him above its appraised value. Meanwhile, his secretive Emerging Technology Fund devoted millions of dollars to his campaign donors, sometimes in violation of the fund’s own rules.
Alan Kirchhoff had two bankruptcies in his past and a job repairing cracked windshields in a Colorado parking lot when he moved to Texas for a fresh start. Documents
Three years after Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest real estate score, questions persist about whether the governor benefited from favoritism, backroom dealing and influence-buying. (July 25, 2010) Documents
Gov. Rick Perry’s most profitable real estate investment was an undeveloped lot on Lake LBJ with the smallest amount of lakefront footage of any parcel in a luxury subdivision called The Peninsula.
Democratic candidate for governor Bill White questioned Monday whether Gov. Rick Perry acted ethically when he bought and sold a Hill Country lake lot that enhanced his investment by almost $500,000. (July 27, 2010)
An investigation by The Dallas Morning News found that more than $16 million from the Emerging Technology Fund has been awarded to companies with investors or officers who are large campaign donors to Perry. (October 3, 2010) Graphic
Gov. Rick Perry approved a $4.5 million award from the state’s technology fund to a company founded by a major campaign donor despite the company’s failure to win the endorsement of a regional screening board,The Dallas Morning News has learned. (October 13, 2010)
A company run by the daughter of a big-money donor and former adviser to Gov. Rick Perry was paid nearly $70,000 to promote the governor’s Emerging Technology Fund, The Dallas Morning News has learned.(October 30, 2010) Graphic
Source: The Dallas Morning News
Posted by: Conrado Garcia Jamin
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