Ed. Note: This is the fifth 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.
Rick Perry sells state government and public office to his campaign donors. His use of political appointees as arms of his campaign re-election team is one of the easiest and most thoroughly documented examples of his unending corruption. Overall, Perry’s pay-to-play public corruption practices have rewarded him with $17 million in campaign cash from his political appointees and their spouses. From a report based on contributions through the July 30 reporting periods by Texans for Public Justice:
From 2001 through June 2010 Perry’s campaign received $17,115,865 from 921 of these appointees or their spouses. Gubernatorial appointees accounted for an impressive 21 percent of the $83.2 million that Perry’s campaign has raised since 2001.
An analysis by the Texas Tribune showed that Perry collected $5.8 million from people who he appointed to influential positions at the state's colleges and universities.
- American Independent – TX: Political appointees have contributed $17 million to Rick Perry this decade
- Associated Press – White questioning whether donations to Gov. Rick Perry influenced appointments
- Texas Tribune – Perry's Appointed Regents Are Big Donors
- Texans for Public Justice – Perry Patronage
- Burnt Orange Report – Rick Perry's $6,000,000 Quid Pro Quo