political contributions. Appointees and spouses will be limited to contributing $10,000
per election cycle after the appointment. Appointees will be barred from soliciting
contributions from those they regulate.
PERRY PRACTICE: Perry uses partisan litmus tests for appointments, and
appointees serve as part of a campaign machine. Examples include 42 Perry
appointees who have each given him at least $100,000 for a total exceeding
$9.7 million. Appointees who supported Senator Hutchison in the primary were
pushed to resign. Perry appointees solicit money from those they regulate.
The chairman of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission solicited Perry
campaign funds from hundreds of bar and restaurant owners he was
responsible for regulating.
lobbying. Senior staff of the Governor’s Office and state agencies will be held to a two-
year rule. When hired, they’ll be prohibited from working on issues related to former
employment for two years. When departing, they will be prohibited from lobbying the
Governor’s Office or their state agency for two years. The same employees and their
spouses will be prohibited from soliciting political contributions
PERRY PRACTICE: Perry allows lobbyists to work as state staff on the very
same issues they were paid to lobby on. For example, five of seven Perry
chiefs of staff have been lobbyists, together making millions and working, with
other staff, against the interests of Texans on projects like the Trans-Texas
Corridor and the massive executive order to vaccinate middle school girls.
PERRY PRACTICE: Senior staff in Perry’s office do not file personal financial
statements although some have financial ties that may influence their
decision-making. For example, spouses of Perry’s chief of staff are permitted
to raise big money for Perry’s political campaign from people who want things
from state government.
statewide campaigns while their bid is being considered and for 30 days after a contract is awarded for those who win. Contributions will not be a factor in contracting decisions; contractors will not be pressured to make contributions.
PERRY PRACTICE: Gov. Perry accepts large contributions before and right after
state contracts have been awarded. One contractor awarded $8 billion in
contracts during Perry’s tenure contributed a total of $395,000 to Perry, with
many contributions within a few weeks before or after contract awards.
PERRY PRACTICE: Gov. Perry uses millions contributed to “non-profit” groups
like TexasOne to finance his pet projects and lavish personal lifestyle, but
Perry refuses to make the sources of funding readily accessible to the public
and the press.
preserved for a reasonable period of time, and the Governor’s Office will be responsive
to public information requests. Relevant information, such as compliance for state
grants, will be put online.
PERRY PRACTICE: Perry’s office destroys e-mails after seven days. It took five
months to obtain Texas Enterprise Fund documents even though Perry’s
Attorney General had ordered them released. Perry has shown little respect
for the public’s right to know and repeatedly seeks protection from disclosure.
PERRY PRACTICE – Perry does not disclose even what he knows is in his so-
called “blind” trust, using it as an instrument to hide from the public and
avoid discussion of conflicts of interest.
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