Big H/T to Politico this morning for the following update on Profligate Perry, the Sage of West Texas
"HE DID IT AGAIN - PERRY APPOINTS TWO MORE BIG DONORS TO CUSHY BOARDS : From the Texas Tribune: "On Wednesday, Perry named Dan Friedkin, chairman and CEO of the Houston-based Friedkin Group, to head the influential Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Friedkin is the son of Thomas H. Friedkin, the Houston billionaire and founder of Gulf States Toyota distributors. Since 2000, the Friedkins have given more than $700,000 to the governor's state campaign organization, Texans for Rick Perry, making them his fifth-biggest donors... Also on Wednesday, the governor appointed his 2010 gubernatorial campaign finance chairman, James H. Lee, to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Houston investor has given almost $194,000 to Perry's state campaigns and previously served on the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees from 2006-2009." All governors (and presidents) appoint donors to plum posts, but there is a long list of top Perry donors who have wound up with seats on the coolest boards and commissions the Lone Star State has to offer. Expect Perry opponents to use these and other appointments, along with the gifts we told you about last week, to try creating a cronyism critique"
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