Excluding President Barack Obama’s campaign for president in 2012, the largest and most expensive security personnel assigned to a running candidate is Texas Governor Rick Perry, and it appears to be funded by taxpayers.
Perry explained the funding by the Texas Department of Public Safety for his campaign as a joint benefit to the state weeks before announcing his presidential run in August.
“I’m going to be promoting Texas,” the Tea Party Republican said in July while trying to reason the spending that burdens the Texan taxpayers $400,000 a month according to the Texas Tribune.
“I’m going to be traveling to places where the Texas story needs to be told, and we will tell it,” Perry said.
“If he’s promoting Texas, he’s been an embarrassment,” State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, responded to the Tribune.
“He could have paid for this out of campaign funds, especially given that he’s asked the Texas taxpayers to tighten their belts,” Farrar said.
Currently, Perry has raised an estimated $17,168,589 toward his White House run according to OpenSecrets.org.
Of that amount, $2,090,174 has been reported as spent.
While visiting San Francisco, Perry’s security guards cost more than $32,000 according to records acquired by the Tribune.
On dining around the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the former cheerleader spent $4,400.
Airplane tickets to San Diego took another $6,400.
Nearly all of the major Republican candidates running for President the Tribune was able to contact said that their security personnel were not paid through state taxes.
Jon Huntsman of Utah and Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum did not respond to the Tribune’s questioning.
Perry is not the first politician to be scrutinized for over-spending, notably in the state of Texas.
According to the Tribune’s reporting, the state spent at least $400,000 a month in the former Governor George W. Bush’s first quarter of his running for president in 2000.
That number was four times more than the entire year’s spending in 1999.
Of those expenses, $3.9 million of it was paid through state tax payers between January of 1999 to March of 2000.
The time following that March was covered by the Secret Service, according to the public safety department to the Tribune.
Filed under: Politics, World · Tags: Barack Obama, Congress, Corruption, Democrat, Department of Public Safety, George Bush, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Jessica Farrar, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Pennsylvania, Politics, Representative, Republican, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Ronald Reagan, San Diego, San Francisco, Secret Service, Simi Valley, Tax Subsidies, Taxes, Tea Party, Texas, Texas Tribune, Utah, White House
Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films.
Does the sun have the power to transform humankind?
In Solar (R)evolution, world-renowned German biophysicist Dieter Broers makes a compelling case, pointing to a wealth of scientific evidence that shows a remarkable correlation between increases in solar activity and advances in our creative, mental, and spiritual abilities.
We are in the midst of a dramatic rise in solar disturbances, which have the capability of disrupting the Earth’s geomagnetic field and, as a result, our global ecology. Broers, however, sees this not as an impending apocalypse but as the dawn of a new era.
Drawing on research from a variety of disciplines, he shows how erupting solar activity carries the potential to boost our brain capacity and expand our minds in ways we never imagined possible. Abilities now seen as extraordinary or supernatural—telepathy, extrasensory perception, and off-the-charts intelligence quotients—may soon become ordinary and natural and could very well help us solve the mounting global crises we are facing.
Humankind is going through an evolutionary leap, says Broers, and the process has already begun.
Featuring: DIETER BROERS, RUPERT SHELDRAKE, MICHAEL PERSINGER, ERNST SENKOWSKI, MICHAEL KONIG, ILLOBRAND VON LUDWIGER, ELIZABETH RAUSCHER, ROLLIN MCCRATY, FRANZ HALBERG, GIULIANA CONFORTO, JJ & DESIREE HURTAK, FRANCINE BLAKE, and RICK STRASSMAN.