Rick Perry

Thursday, March 1, 2012

MEMO: Update on Rick Perry's Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs Continue reading this post »

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We can't believe it ourselves.

We already know that Rick Perry owes taxpayers nearly $2.7 million for his failed presidential campaign, in which he jetted around the country while we picked up the tab for his security costs. We also know it cost Texas $32,000 to pay for his fill-ins while he was out losing his campaign.

But did you know that, instead of returning his leftover campaign money to taxpayers, Perry wants to give it all away to an unaccountable Super PAC? From the Sunlight Foundation: Continue reading this post »

Friday, January 20, 2012

Perry's 160-day vanity trip is now regarded as one of the three worst presidential campaigns in history, and we are the ones stuck footing the bill.

Rick Perry is just another cut and spend conservative. He cut out public sector jobs and told corporations not to pay their fair share last session. Then he decided to embarrass Texans by running an utterly amateurish Presidential campaign for a mere 160 days. As we mentioned yesterday, he has wasted nearly $2.7 million taxpayer dollars on airfare, baggage fees, food and even parking.

According to records from the Texas Department of Public Safety, we can project Perry’s security-related travel costs from the day he officially announced his candidacy to when he suspended his campaign on January 19. The $2,651,429.14 in Texas tax dollars he's wasted on jet liners and fancy hotels is money we'll never see again unless Perry pays us back.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

MEMO:  Rick Perry’s Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs

SUMMARY: Estimates show Governor Perry owes $2,651,429.14 to Texas taxpayers for security-related travel costs incurred during his 160-day presidential run. With $2.47 million in his state account as of December 31, 2011, Governor Perry can immediately pay back 93% of those taxpayer dollars, leaving him with an outstanding taxpayer debt of $179.949.59.

Governor Perry was a declared presidential candidate for an amateur 160 days. According to records released by the Texas Department of Public Safety and published by the Texas Tribune, we can project Perry’s security costs from the day he officially announced his candidacy (August 13, 2011) to the time he suspended his campaign (January 19, 2012). Here is the total amount of taxpayer dollars spent during the 24-day window for which Texas DPS has released records:

September 5 – September 28 (24 days)
Airfare $161,786
Baggage fees $8,140
Food $50,648.84
Fuel $6,442.24
Lodging $112,111.81
Parking $2,990.26
Rentals $54,356.65
Other $1,238.57
TOTAL COSTS $397,714.37
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Friday, November 11, 2011

The tide is turning in Texas. Yesterday, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles unanimously rejected putting the Confederate flag on Texas license plates. Continue reading this post »

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Who is funding ALEC? The vast majority of ALEC contributions come in the form of donations directly from the corporations and their corporate foundations. In fact, over the past 3 years ALEC’s legislative contributions were only $250,000 compared to $21.6 million in corporate donations. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A new video of Rick Perry giving an off-the-cuff speech in New Hampshire last Friday has gone viral (546,000+ views in just 4 days). In what can only be described as strange, the video shows 8 minutes of Rick Perry . . . . . well, you really just have to see it for yourself. Words can't explain it. Continue reading this post »

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Wednesday, we learned that Gov. Perry has changed his mind about the state displaying the Confederate flag. In the past, Perry has supported the state displaying the Confederate flag. Perry stated that he does not support the Confederate battle flag appearing on Texas state license plates. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here at Progress Texas, we are proud to announce a new project: ALEC Exposed in Texas. Nationally, the Center for Media and Democracy has launched ALEC Exposed with the goal of tracking the ways that corporations rewrite state laws behind closed doors that cause direct harm to Americans’ way of life. Continue reading this post »

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Rick Perry has a problem. No, it’s not the name of his hunting lease. It’s not his wobbly performances in the debates. It’s not even where he stands on the issues. Continue reading this post »


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