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The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and The $41 Million Question

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from September 26 through September 30, 2011.

Schools, or tax breaks for oil companies?

According to the Associated Press, “Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas' cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.”

End of Summer Recap: The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Summer of Special Interest Money "Well" Spent

It's been a whirlwind end of the summer. Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from August 19-September 16, 2011.


Rick Perry's Texas-sized Ties to Pharmaceutical Giant Not Going Unnoticed

As Public Campaign Action Fund noted yesterday, presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry's (R-Texas) ties to pharmaceutical giant Merck run a lot deeper than a $5,000 check, as he claimed in Monday's Tea Party debate. And it seems we weren't the only ones who noticed.

Many news outlets reported today on the flap over Perry and his deep financial ties to Merck, the HPV vaccine-maker:

Do Something About It, Michele

At last night's Republican presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann went after Rick Perry for taking money from Merck, a pharmaceutical giant, and then issuing an executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations that Merck produces. While this is certainly troubling, and her noting of the influence of wealthy corporate and special interests is correct, her own record makes it clear that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Rick Perry Can't Be Bought Off for Just $5,000

“If you’re saying I can be bought off for $5,000, I’m offended,” Gov. Rick Perry said at the CNN/Tea Party debate last night when confronted by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) about getting campaign cash from Merck while signing an executive order requiring girls to get vaccines made by the company.

Rick Perry's Texas-sized Favors for Big Donors

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. And in the case of presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry's (R) treatment of his big money donors, this certainly seems to be the case. From doling out state contracts to friends who write big campaign checks to the emergence of Perry Super PACs run by close former associates, there's no shortage of material on the plain-spoken Texan.

Here's a glimpse of Perry's record so far:

Rick Perry sure can fundraise. It might be easier when a large chunk of his campaign money comes from your own appointee's.

"We will help you out."

UPDATE: No hoax. According to ZeroHedge, the man who approached Rick Perry is likely to be James Mahoney, Director of Public Policy at Bank of America (scroll down past the video).