Non-Profit that Employs Anita Perry Funded by Tex. Politicos

by Katrina Trinko

From the Austin American-Statesman:

Much of Texas first lady Anita Perry’s $60,000-a-year salary at an Austin nonprofit comes indirectly from Gov. Rick Perry’s political donors, state contractors and companies that do business with the state or have issues before the Legislature.

Of 37 major donors to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault during Anita Perry’s tenure as a fundraiser for the group, only three have no ties to the governor or state business.

The American-Statesman goes on to report that the year before Anita Perry joined the organization, there were no donations of $5,000 or more. But in Perry’s first year, the group racked up $100,000 in donations of $5,000 or more “with all the money coming from state contractors, lobbyists or donors to the governor’s political account.”  From 2004 to 2009, “more than 70 percent of the $634,500 in large donations given to the group … came from businesses or individuals with ties to the governor,” the paper noted.