Rick Perry's Cover-Up and Corruption: Secret Schedules

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Ed. Note: This is the fourth part of a ten-part wrap-up of Rick Perry's history of cover-up and corruption that will run on Burnt Orange Report today.

According to state schedules, Perry has used taxpayer-funded staff and other state resources for his campaign purposes, a clear violation of the law. Perry has covered-up his secret state schedules to avoid being held accountable, and for years has maintained a practice of deleting all e-mails after one week. Perry’s office has admitted they keep two calendars.

From the Texas Tribune, “White Campaign Alleges Perry Keeps Secret Schedule“:

When Perry was questioned about his spare schedule in an interview with WFAA-TV last month, he estimated he works “12 to 14 hours” a day, and further said, “I consider everything I’m doing state business.” His Sept. 15 schedule shows governor’s staff was tasked with briefing Perry on tort reform in advance of a political endorsement, and that two former gubernatorial appointees were listed as point persons at a roundtable and a dinner hosted for Perry at a Houston couple’s residence.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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