Washington D.C.-based watchdog group Good Jobs First is calling out Governor Rick Perry for what they are calling excessive spending used to woo employers to Texas.
According to a report by the group, Perry has spent $1.8 million so far this year to spread his message about Texas. That’s $500,000 more than the entire spending budget for Texas One, the nonprofit behind all of the ads.
According to the Governor's office, Texas One is a public-private partnership which markets the state nationally and internationally as a prime business destination. An office spokesperson said TexasOne does not use state dollars, but the report says many Texans are paying for a portion of the trips and advertisements through local taxes.
"I wonder if Texas taxpayers would approve of doing something partisan with their sales tax dollars," Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, said.
TexasOne collects membership dues from groups known as local Economic Development Corporations. Many of these EDCs raise money through local sales tax dollars or directly from cities and counties across the state.