Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison should immediately return all taxpayer money used to support her campaign.
The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported today that Sen. Hutchison has used taxpayer money to travel to political fundraisers that raised her campaign more than $310,000 in 2009.
“Because of her checkered past of using official government offices for her own political gain, including an indictment in 1993 for the same behavior, Sen. Hutchison needs to reimburse taxpayers for her latest ethically-challenged decisions to use taxpayer dollars to fund her political activities,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner.
The Houston Chronicle is also reporting that Hutchison’s behavior “could be a violation of state election law depending on when the campaign event was scheduled and whether the official business was created to justify a fundraiser.”
A Hutchison campaign spokesperson defends the senator’s possibly illegal activity by saying “the fundraisers were tacked on as something that could be done at the end of a busy day” and “it typically ends up saving the taxpayers money.”
Two of the political fundraisers reported by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News as being subsidized by taxpayers were held at 12 p.m. – a fundraiser May 28 in Mission and a fundraiser June 5 in College Station. (SOURCE: Texans for Kay fundraising invitations, available at www.WashingtonKay.com/invitations.)
“Either Sen. Hutchison’s day ends at noon, or once again she is having trouble telling the truth,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Wasting taxpayer dollars to pay for political fundraisers in no way saves taxpayers money.”
Add your own endorsement: visit Perry Home Headquarters and invite your friends and family to support Governor Rick Perry!
The list of endorsing organizations and leaders is unparalleled for 2010, and support for Rick Perry just keeps growing:
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams
Texas Right to Life
Houston Realty Business Coalition
Texas Apartment Association
TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers
Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
Texas Home School Coalition PAC
Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright
Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
Texas Chiropractic Association
Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
Texas Association of Realtors
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
Texas Optometric Association PAC
Texas Pest Control Association
Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens
Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser
Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC
Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly
Texas Pharmacy Business Council
Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr.
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Texas Association for Interior Design
Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins
WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC
Manufacturers PAC of Texas
Texas Medical Association TEXPAC
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC
Texas Restaurant Association PAC
Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC
Career Colleges and Schools of Texas
Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee
Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken
Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC
Empower Texans PAC
*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.
The Perry campaign is excited to announce the endorsement of 41 State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members, representing more than two-thirds of the state’s 62-member SREC. Two endorsees, James Barnes of District 19 and Charlie Garza of District 29, recently left leadership positions on Senator Hutchison's campaign to support Governor Perry:
This week, I am proud to welcome 19 of my fellow governors to Texas for the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference. I look forward to discussing important issues facing our states and the best approaches to the challenges that lie before us.
As Washington continues to debate misguided, intrusive policies, seemingly without regard to their negative impact upon state taxpayers, employers and governments, states must step up to implement sound fiscal policies and pursue models of good governance that can lead our nation's economic recovery.
The conference will be an important catalyst of that effort, offering a platform for governors from across the nation to share their concerns on a variety of policy issues while exchanging innovative ways to address them. Governors can then carry those ideas back to their respective legislatures and work on initiatives that can help states and the nation better compete on a global scale and create greater opportunity.
These groups and dozens of others have all given their support to Governor Rick Perry, because they know he is committed to keeping Texas growing and open for business. The Governor's steadfast dedication to limited government and free enterprise has helped Texas weather this economic storm better than the nation as a whole.
Add your endorsement at http://hq.rickperry.org, and be sure to get your friends and family involved in the Perry campaign!
Governor Rick Perry. Texas values. Proven leadership.
Here's your chance to have lunch with Governor Perry! Introducing: a new online challenge from Rick as the campaign sprints onward towards the March primary.
Governor Perry has tentatively scheduled lunch at his campaign headquarters in Austin on March 8th. A very small group of online activists will be invited, and this is an opportunity to reserve your seat.
Every person who donates at any level to Governor Perry’s 2010 reelection campaign between Monday, November 9th, at 11AM, and Friday, November 13th, at 5PM will have a chance to win a seat! We will draw names—one from each of the following donation levels:
Four participants will be invited to lunch with Governor Perry. When you choose your level, your name will be placed in the hat, and your generous contribution will help Rick continue to spread his conservative vision for Texas on the way to victory in March!