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Rick *Governor 39 Percent* Perry's Trip to Dubai Paid by Corporations Who Stand to Gain

15 March 2007 at 12:55:00 AM

Mentioned this earlier in the article about A&M, that Perry's purpose for the trip to Dubai is to drum up business.  Doesn't Perry work for US? Why are private firms paying for his trip? Hey, Legislators, how about a bill to rein this in?

Spokesman Robert Black said he didn't know yet how much the trip will cost but that it is being financed through TexasOne, a privately financed program controlled by the governor's office to bring more business to the state.

Some of the biggest contributors to TexasOne — $25,000 to $50,000 a year — include AT&T, Verizon, the Vinson & Elkins law firm, the Associated General Contractors of Texas, CenterPoint Energy, TXU, the BNSF Railway and Williams Brothers Construction Co.

Many do business with the state, represent clients before state agencies and the Legislature, or support or oppose specific pieces of legislation

Black said it would be "ludicrous" to suggest companies contribute to TexasOne to have an insider advantage with state government. He said donors also include some cities and local economic development foundations.

Perry planned to stop in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to promote business opportunities for Texas. His itinerary includes a meeting with officials of the Aga Khan Development Network about the building of an Ismaili Muslim Center in Houston, his office said. In Qatar, the governor will help dedicate a new engineering campus for Texas A&M University.

No. What's ludicrous is that Perry and Black think Texans are stupid enough to believe that Perry is not bought and paid for.

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