The business of governing

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.

Man who ran Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Emerging Technology Fund profited on private deals

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

Murky land deals mark Gov. Rick Perry’s past

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

Interactive graphic: The least desirable lot

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.

Bill White questions Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ethics in lake lot deal

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)

Perry’s tech fund aided firms with ties to his donors

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 $4.5 million for donor’s start-up firm without regional board’s OK

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)

Perry donor’s daughter got $70,000 to promote governor’s technology fund

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

About northernbarbarians

I'm an activist and advocate for human rights and the establishment of penalties to the simulators and inconsistent. My fight is for respect for universal rights and freedoms. Journalist various print and electronic media in several countries. Independent research analyst of social risks in unions, political, corporate and institutional image. Four books published and three in electronic version. Live one day at a time, even on payments, sometimes alive yesterday. Modest income is the price of freedom.
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