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  •  Appreciate this advice, Stuart Heady. (18+ / 0-)

    Did you hear about this earlier this week? Bob Perry, Prolific GOP Donor, Dead at 80:

    He was also a leading backer of Republican political action committees, causes and organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [...].
    According to the Center for Public Integrity, he gave $23.5 million to super PACs in the last election cycle, $1.5 million to Gov. Perry in the 2010 election, and $1.9 million to Republican candidates in Texas during the 2012 election cycle. From 2000 to 2010, he gave $28 million to Texas candidates and causes and another $38 million to candidates and groups outside of Texas, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.
    Here's more background for those who haven't heard of him (older article):
    Over the last decade [2000-2010], two Republicans with the last name Perry have dominated the Texas political landscape. One is Rick, the state’s longest-serving governor. The other is Bob (no relation), the state’s largest individual political donor during that time. There is no close second.
    Andy Wilson, a campaign-finance researcher at the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen Texas, said he believes Perry's largesse is about creating a climate in which businesses — including his own — can thrive. "Bob Perry gives to specific kinds of conservatives, and no one, outside of maybe Karl Rove, has helped shape the ‘ideal' conservative Republican candidate in Texas," Wilson said. [...]
    He had already donated to George P. Bush's campaign for TX Land Commissioner. Let's hope his heirs don't follow in his footsteps.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by nomandates on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 07:45:23 PM PDT

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    •  He made a difference for the GOP in NM (3+ / 0-)
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      nomandates, BlackSheep1, doraphasia

      This same Perry from Houston gave the largest single donation ever seen in New Mexico politics, some half a million dollars to elect Susanna Martinez as Governor.  

      The purposes behind this are not very clear to people there, but the general strategy at work seems to be Republicans getting big donors to help push to elect GOPers wherever they can.  

      In Washington State, it would appear that the same thing is happening, except that so far I can't find anyone that has done any research into this.  People up here are probably behind the curve since the fight with right wing extremism has been going on for a lot longer in Texas.  

      hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

      by Stuart Heady on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:27:10 AM PDT

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      •  Sounds like what we need to do is limit (0+ / 0-)

        contributions to races inside the state where the donor lives.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:14:32 PM PDT

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