Texas for Sale

VISUAL
[On screen: Image from Rick Perry TV ad of Perry smiling behind a "Texas is open for business" sign] [On screen: A "for sale sign" in the foreground with a story from the Dallas Morning News in the background. The headline reads "Rick Perry appointees lavish governor with campaign cash" and is from 9/30/2010.]

AUDIO
Voiceover: After ten years under Rick Perry, Texas isn't open for business for everyone.

Facts

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VO: It's for sale to Perry's friends and contributors.

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Dallas Morning News, Rick Perry says he¶s µclose¶ to donor whose firm got tech grant, Oct. 14, 2010. Dallas Morning News, Gov. Rick Perry approved $4.5 million for donor's start-up firm without regional board's OK, Oct 12, 2010. "More than $17 million of the $83 million Perry has raised since 2001 during his governorship came from people he appointed to state boards, commissions and agencies or their spouses, according to the report by the nonprofit Texans for Public Justice."
Associated Press, White raises questions on Perry donors, appointees, Sep. 30, 2010

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An analysis of the most recent fundraising period shows an additional $790,000 in campaign contributions from Rick Perry's appointees.
Texas Ethics Commission, Campaign Finance Reports; Bill White for Texas, New Contributions from Appointees, Oct. 11, 2010

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"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."
Dallas Morning News, Perry's tech fund aided firms with ties to his donors, Oct. 3, 2010

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"Four investment funds that received more than $6.6 million are led by donors who gave Perry $460,000 in campaign contributions."
Bill White for Texas, Perry puts teachers at risk, Sep. 29, 2010

[On screen: Photo of Rick Perry with the words, "high dropout rates, skyrocketing tuitions, one million Texans unemployed" rotating on the screen.]

VO: And Texans are paying the price -- high dropout rates, skyrocketing tuitions, one million Texans unemployed.

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³Texas' estimated public high school graduation rate for 2009 ² 43rd, with 61.3 percent of students who were enrolled in ninth grade graduating....Texas' graduation rate has been sliding. In 2001 the state ranked 35th, with 65 percent of students graduating from high school. In 2008, Texas ranked 42nd with 62.6 percent of students graduating.´
Politifact, Texas has the 43rd best graduation rate in the United States, Feb. 1, 2010

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From Spring 2003 to Fall 2009, total average tuition and fees at state colleges and universities increased from $1,725 to $3,322.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Tuition Deregulation, April 2008 and April 2010

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"White is correct that the number of unemployed Texans -- almost 1 million -- is an all-time high."
Austin American-Statesman, White says almost 1 million people are unemployed in Texas -- a state record, Mar. 6, 2010. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Texas Unemployment Numbers 2009 Screenshot, 2010 Screenshot, Sep. 23, 2010

[On screen: Bill White walking with a playground in the background]

[On screen: Bill White In It for Texas]

Bill White: Help me take down that for sale sign in Austin. I'll work hard for the young people in Texas, not the Austin insiders. That means preparing them with the critical thinking they need for college and the skills for careers. After all, that is Texas' future. VO: Bill White: he's in it for Texas.

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