Rick Perry Should Be Inducted Into the Pay-To-Play Hall of Fame

Since RMG denizens hate pay-to-play politics and corruption and cronyism, I thought you’d like this exposé explaining exactly why Republican Presidential candidate (new frontrunner?) and Texas Governor Rick Perry should be indicted inducted into the Pay-to-Play Hall of Fame:

Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically raised eyebrows but, thanks to loose campaign finance laws and a business-friendly political culture dominated in recent years by Republicans, have only fueled Mr. Perry’s ascent. […]

According to a study last year by Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog organization, Mr. Perry has raised at least $17 million from more than 900 appointees or their spouses, roughly one dollar out of every five that he has raised as governor. […]

“I know that at least some of the people who were initially approached to be regents have been later turned down because they didn’t pass what I would call a loyalty test,” said Jon L. Hagler, a prominent A&M alumnus and a major donor to the university. […]

More than a quarter of the companies that have received grants from the enterprise fund in the most recent fiscal year, or their chief executives, made contributions to either Mr. Perry’s campaign dating back to 2001 or to the Republican Governors Association since 2008, when Mr. Perry became its chairman, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

The article goes on and on and on and on, including several instances of companies getting contracts or grants accompanied by, let’s say, “interestingly” timed contributions.  There are seemingly limitless skeletons in Rick Perry’s fundraising closet.  The article touches on the shady relationship between Rick Perry and homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation).  Expect to hear more about this relationship.  (If you liked Tony Rezko, you’ll LOVE Bob Perry.)  I only wonder who will be the first Republican Presidential candidate to mention Bob Perry.

So, RMGers, does Rick Perry’s record of graft and cronyism and pay-to-play politics make you more or less likely to support him – and more or less comfortable with the prospect of Perry as the Republican nominee?  Let’s say Rick Perry wins the Presidential nomination; not that a Republican Presidential nominee would actually stop in Massachusetts in the final month, but, hypothetically, would you want Perry campaigning with Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the closing weeks of the 2012 election?

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