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Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Politics | 16 comments

Money and Politics, An Old Game With Big Players

From the LA Times:

Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples, who are likely to form the backbone of his new effort to win the Republican presidential nomination. The tally represented more than a third of the $102 million he had raised as governor through December, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.

Nearly half of those mega-donors received hefty business contracts, tax breaks or appointments under Perry, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

[…]

Simmons, the second largest individual contributor to Perry, is poised to gain perhaps the most as his firm constructs the first new low-level radioactive waste disposal site in the country in three decades. The venture could not have happened without the backing of Perry, who early in his administration signed a controversial law allowing a private company to build such a facility in Texas.

There’s a lot more; this is a detailed analysis. Read it and weep.

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  • Allen

    Told ya Perry was not electable.

    LOL

  • dduck

    And, breaking news, politicians try to help out contributors to their campaigns, whether they are individuals, corporations or unions.
    BTW: I don’t like Perry.

  • DLS

    Kathy, this is not surprising, nor is what we suspect of these critics.

    I also believe this is hardly the end of what will be uncovered and invented about Perry — the more serious a candidate he is, the more driven and vicious liberals will be about him. [chuckle]

    [chuckling again] It’s not as if he has a billion dollar war chest from all kinds of unsavory or repellent supporting special interests of Obama.

    If it makes you libbies feel better, or if (likely) not, at least understand better: This is T E X A S. We’re talking about Texas-sized material influences, oil and gas money powered, too.

    The liberal-elitist-leaning Atlantic (staple, classic Northeastern liberal somewhat-alien media source) has a good article already about Perry (and about current Republican politics, albeit biased), that begins to note some other problems (I’ve posted links to other stories about problems already) that Perry faces, even among social and religious conservatives — not limited to his immigration decisions (on behalf of the business community).

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/why-rick-perry-might-not-be-conservative-enough/243699/

    As we all know (even we don’t all admit it), Perry’s entry into the race is that of somebody much more serious and interesting (in whatever ways you care to interpret that word) than other GOP candidates. We can expect much, much more (largely negative) to be said about him by and in the media.

  • rudi

    DLS Please stop the “liebruls” BS and address the palecon and conservative pundits criticism of Perry.
    From Larison:
    http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2011/08/15/the-start-of-perrys-apology-tour/
    Riehan salam via Larison:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/274701/what-exactly-has-rick-perry-done-reihan-salam
    And finally this from Reason:
    http://reason.com/blog/2011/08/15/rick-perrys-balanced-budgets

    As governor of Texas, Rick Perry leaned on federal stimulus funds more than any other governor, using about $6 billion in federal stimulus funds to close roughly 97 percent of his state’s budget shortfall in 2010. But that didn’t stop him from complaining loudly about the stimulus legislation. “I have been vocal in my opposition” to the law, he wrote in a letter to President Obama agreeing to accept federal stimulus funds in Texas, because it “will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt.”

    Seems he’s tainted by the Obama stimulus to remedy his budget mistakes.
    None of these three links are “Liebrul mainstream pundits.”

  • D.R. WELCH

    The “problems” Perry has with immigration which DLS points out are a fine example of how absolutists are ruining the Republican Party. Having all the answers is burdensome. Having a litmus test on almost every issue, leaves little room for nuance or grey areas.

    As we witness this inquisition style purity investigation Republicans call a primary unfold, there are sure to be bodies in the wake. Sadly, as much as I miss W and as much as RP reminds me of him, he will be probably be chewed up by the purity machine. Without RP, I don’t know what Stewart and others will do for material. Oh, I forgot, there is always FNC.

  • DLS

    Rudi, do you mean like the problems Perry has with social conservatives that I posted about days ago?

    I’ve advised you to try reading before, and apparently you haven’t yet.

  • DLS

    As for my correct observations of the Atlantic, Brookings, various celeb politicians, commentators, and others centered in Washington, etc., I really don’t care for the rude, stupid “BS” mis-labeling. If the truth hurts, face it; if you don’t understand, don’t attack out of frustration.

  • DLS

    D. R. Welch wrote:

    The “problems” Perry has with immigration which DLS points out are a fine example of how absolutists are ruining the Republican Party.

    I would say instead the more realistic thing, that the social (and the religious) conservatives are the most coherent and strongest element among Republicans currently. Fiscal conservatives and what I would call traditional and practical American “minimalists” (trying to diminish or reduce the size and scope as well as the cost of government, notably trying to pare the federal government back closer to within legitimate and reasonable as well as constitutional bounds) aren’t there; the “others” in the GOP we see are cruder business-community-pleasers, mainly.

    It’s interesting that arguably Perry can be said to be the latter kind that exploits the former kind in Texas and now elsewhere.

  • rudi

    DLS I just addressed your typical response to all things liberals as being wrong or biased. Tell me how Reason, National Review and American Conservative are liberal postings. thats all I posted about…

  • EEllis

    That’s only a third of the money he raised during that time. Are we supposed to believe that is way out of line with other candidates? I doubt it. Also realize that Texas laws on state election financing are different from federal and many other states. There are no caps on donation size allowing individuals to donate more. This will not be the case in this election.

  • EEllis

    And another point they are mega contibutors because they are mega buisnesses. They are getting a crap load of work no matter who is in office, no matter if they dontate squat. It can’t hurt to have “your guy” elected but it’s probably as much to have their names out there as anything else.

  • Look, I don’t like big money in politics and I will share links as I find them – as I always have.

    These are INDIVIDUALS they are not businesses. it’s illegal for a business to give money to a candidate in Texas, remember Tom DeLay?

    Please re-read the last graph I pulled — are all of you saying this is business as usual that you think is GOOD? J.H.C.

  • Absalon

    The Atlantic is out-of-touch. Somehow. You know what DLS means – it is not a “real” publication with real writers. Or something. Whatever.

    Anyway, Perry is not plastic at all. He’s the real deal. In touch as all hell. Never indulged in elitist or sectarian politics. Somehow. Because.

  • EEllis

    These are INDIVIDUALS they are not businesses

    Then did THEY or their buisnesses get contracts? Either way it just ignores my point. The buisnesses were going to get a lot of work regardless of what anyone donated. You are pro election finance reform and that’s great but that has little to nothing to due with picking out a canadate to condemn for legal behavior when the main difference seems to be he might be a bit better than the next guy.

  • DLS

    No, Rudi; when they are wrong I say “wrong,” and when biased, “biased.” It’s not or should not be too difficult to deal with that.

  • Dear EEllis:

    No, businesses weren’t going to just get work. One in particular got work because the governor pushed a controversial plan — see the excerpt:

    “Simmons, the second largest individual contributor to Perry, is poised to gain perhaps the most as his firm constructs the first new low-level radioactive waste disposal site in the country in three decades. The venture could not have happened without the backing of Perry, who early in his administration signed a controversial law allowing a private company to build such a facility in Texas.”

    It looks like no one actually READ the article.

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