Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Governor George W. Bush’s two gubernatorial campaigns raked in $1.4 million from 122 individuals whom Bush appointed to 50 leading state boards and commissions, a new Texans for Public Justice study reveals. This works out to an average of $11,259 per appointed donor. Texas’ gubernatorial appointment powers are highly susceptible to political patronage abuse, Governor Bush’s Well-Appointed Officials concludes, because the state imposes no limits on how much money an individual can give candidates for state office.

Read the media release and the full report.