Revealed: Public utility company paid $5,000 for dinner with Gov. Perry

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, August 15, 2011 14:42 EDT
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A public utility company in San Antonio, Texas was caught recently making a political donation to the state’s Republican Party, in exchange for a ticket to a fundraising dinner that was attended by Gov. Rick Perry and other top officials.

The donation came from CPS Energy, the public electric utility in San Antonio, which drew the $5,000 directly from public funds. It was discovered by reporter Brian Collister, during an examination of the company’s expense reports.

This video is from San Antonio, Texas NBC affiliate station WOAI.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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