New Radio Ad Highlights Carole Strayhorn’s “Real Feats of Corruption”

October 31, 2006

AUSTIN – Texans for Rick Perry today launched a new radio ad
highlighting just some of Carole Strayhorn’s activities while at the
Comptroller’s Office. The ad entitled “Real Feats of Corruption” is
being considered for air statewide. The radio ad can be heard at
www.RickPerry.org by clicking on multimedia or

http://www.rickperry.org/audio/RealFeatsOfCorruption.mp3

“Carole Strayhorn is the most corrupt politician Texans have seen in
a generation,” Perry spokesman Robert Black said. “She gave her largest
contributor a $50 million payday within days of their contribution of
more than $300,000, she has provided lower tax bills to her donors more
than 3,600 times within a year of a donation, and the stench is so bad
the state auditor recommended removing tax disputes from her office.
You can’t shake Austin up by shaking people down.”

“Real Feats of Corruption” – Transcript

Singer: Real feats of corruption.
Announcer: Today we salute you, Mrs. Corrupt Comptroller Politician Woman.
Singer: Mrs. Corrupt Comptroller Politician Woman
Announcer: Only you, Carole Strayhorn, could take three hundred
thousand dollars from your top tax consultant contributor, grant them a
$50 million payday and claim you knew nothing about it.
Singer: A crazy coinky-dink!
Chorus: Coinky-dink!
Announcer: When contributors come calling, tax refunds come falling.
Comptroller Strayhorn, you didn’t just give one refund to a
contributor. No, you did it thirty-six hundred times.
Singer: That’s a whole lotta coinky-dinks! Whoa yeah!
Announcer: And when the state auditor told you to stop taking
tax-tainted contributions…you went ahead and took a million dollars
more.
Singer: Not that anyone is counting
Announcer: So here’s to you Carole Strayhorn: you not only sold your office… you did it thirty-six hundred times.
Singer: Mrs. Corrupt Comptroller Politician Woman.

[[Note: Any similarities between this ad and any other popular ad campaign is merely a crazy coinky-dink.]]

“Real Feats of Corruption” – Fact Check

Today we salute you, Mrs. Corrupt Comptroller Politician Woman. Only
you, Carole Strayhorn, could take three hundred thousand dollars from
your top tax consultant contributor…

Strayhorn accepted $325,000 from Ryan & Co. executives and their
spouses on June 27, 2006. The company’s PAC contributed an additional
$50,000 on June 23, for a total of $375,000 within a week of the
refund. (Texas Ethics Commission) Ryan & Co. is Strayhorn’s “biggest campaign contributor” (Dallas Morning News, 8/12/06)

...grant them a $50 million payday…

Days after accepting those contributions, Strayhorn issued a check
for a $130 million tax refund to one of Ryan & Co.’s clients on or
about June 30, 2006. The refund was “one of the largest refunds in
history” (Austin American-Statesman, 8/10/06)

“The consulting company, which has donated more than $1.5 million
to Strayhorn’s campaign fund since 2002, received about $51 million in
fees…” (Houston Chronicle, 8/11/06)

...and claim you knew nothing about it.

Spokesman Mark Sanders claimed Strayhorn “didn’t even know about the refund until she read about it.” (Texas Weekly, August 9, 2006)

When contributors come calling, tax refunds come falling.
Comptroller Strayhorn, you didn’t just give one refund to a
contributor. No, you did it thirty-six hundred times.

“We identified 3,656 tax settlements (for 755 distinct taxpayers)
that occurred within one year of a related contribution. The related
contributions totaled approximately $2 million. These tax settlements,
which totaled approximately $461 million, took place from January 1999
through August 2004.” (“A Review of Tax Settlements at the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts,” State Auditor’s Office, September 2005)

And when the state auditor told you to stop taking tax-tainted contributions…

“The Legislature should consider… Enacting legislation to prohibit
campaign contributions to the Comptroller of Public Accounts or a
person seeking election to the Office of the Comptroller of Public
Accounts from any individual or entity representing taxpayers before
the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts.” (“A Review of Tax Settlements at the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts,” State Auditor’s Office, September 2005)

...you went ahead and took a million dollars more.

Since the State Auditor made the above recommendation, Strayhorn has
continued to accept huge sums from tax consulting firms – including
more than $1,326,354 from Ryan & Co partners, associated
individuals and entities through September 28, 2006. (Texas Ethics Commission)

So here’s to you Carole Strayhorn: you not only sold your office… you did it thirty-six hundred times.

“We identified 3,656 tax settlements (for 755 distinct taxpayers)
that occurred within one year of a related contribution. The related
contributions totaled approximately $2 million. These tax settlements,
which totaled approximately $461 million, took place from January 1999
through August 2004.” (“A Review of Tax Settlements at the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts,” State Auditor’s Office, September 2005)

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