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Club for Growth member Bob. J Perry funded 'Swift Boat' ads
06 Aug 2004
Houston homebuilder, Christian zealout and hardcore GOP backer Bob J. Perry was funded, at least partially, the 'Swift Boat' attack ads since recanted by one Veteran.
Anti-Kerry Vet Retracts Claim
August 6, 2004

WASHINGTON (CBS) The Kerry campaign has accused the Swift Boat group of having political ties to the Republican Party.

"Far from being a grassroots organization of veterans, this group is a front for the right-wing Texas Republicans to try and take away one of John Kerry’s political strengths -- his service to the country in Vietnam," the campaign charged in a 36-page document given to reporters.

And, indeed, a wealthy Texan and prolific Republican donor is helping bankroll the anti-Kerry ad campaign.

Houston homebuilder BOB J. PERRY has donated at least $100,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Perry's other donations in the 2003-04 cycle include $10,000 to the pro-Republican Club for Growth and at least $19,250 to federal candidates and party committees, including $2,000 to Bush's re-election effort.

Some television stations have agreed to pull the controversial commercial, and one of the veterans who criticized Kerry's service now says he was mistaken.

The 60-second spot -- scheduled to run in small markets in three swing states -- Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin -- features Vietnam veterans who accuse Kerry of lying about his decorated Vietnam War record and betraying his fellow veterans by later opposing the conflict. -

Perry, Bob J. & Doylene
The Center for Public Integrity

Perry is the top individual contributor to Texas governor Rick Perry, who took office when George W. Bush became president and was elected to a four year term in 2002, but there is no relation, according to both. Bob Perry, of Perry Homes, is a homebuilder from Houston who is also one of the top contributors to Texans for Lawsuit Reform, a political action committee (itself heavily supportive of Gov. Perry) whose primary concern is tort reform.

Total Contributions to 527 Committees since August 2000 by BOB J. PERRY :
Amount Contributed . . . Committee
$300,000 . . . Majority Leader's Fund
$180,000 . . . Americans for a Republican Majority Non-Federal Account
$165,000 . . . Texans for a Republican Majority
$100,000 . . . Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
$50,000 . . . . People for Enterprise, Trade and Economic Growth
$50,000 . . . . Republican Majority Issues Committee
$25,000 . . . . American Dream PAC
$25,000 . . . . GOPAC, Inc.
$10,000 . . . . Club for Growth Inc.

Tax-Exempt Groups Poured $450 Million into Political System
September 25, 2003

Three Texans made the list of the top 25 givers nationwide. Houston builder BOB J. PERRY gave $795,000 to a handful of Republican committees, including one linked to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas. -

New Clinton proposal for budget

''Total proposed education spending is 37.7 Billion Dollars! Dictatorial Role of Federal Government in Managing our children's minds should be stopped says Cal Thomas, Larry Rice, Rick Scarborough of First Baptist Church Pearland, James T. Drapper of B.S.S.B., Forest Watson of Dallas, BOB J. PERRY of Houston, Dr. James Kennedy'' -

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