Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spelling It Out

I was hoping that the curious -- when they saw the list of donors for the Republican Governors Association in the previous post -- could follow it on their own. And then I tried to follow the top donor -- Perry Homes -- and ran into a slight obstacle.

There isn’t an entry on Wikipedia (my favorite starting point for searches) for “Perry Homes”. You first have to figure out who Perry Homes is. It’s Bob J. Perry.

”Bobby Jack Perry (a.k.a. Bob J. Perry) (born October 30, 1932), is a Houston, Texas homebuilder, owner of Perry Homes, and major contributor to a number of 527 groups, such as the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth and the Economic Freedom Fund.”

That’s right, he's the Swift Boat guy.

”In 2006, Perry was the largest political donor in Texas. His donations included nearly $400,000 to the campaign of GOP Governor Rick Perry (no relation).”

They aren’t related -- at least not by blood. Gov. Rick Perry just happens to be the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Republicans. A Texas Governor. Swiftboating, Union busting. This tune might remind you of another guy.

You might remember we’ve been down this road before.

I think you can take it from here. I hope I didn’t insult anybody’s intelligence by spelling it out.

Don Brown
March 10, 2011

P.S. Didn’t the house-building market crash? Where’s this homebuilder getting all the money?

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