Despite Scrutiny, Perry Gives Two Donors Plum Posts

Let the national media pile on Rick Perry for appointing big donors to plum state government posts.

He just did it again.

On Wednesday, Perry named Dan Friedkin, chairman and CEO of the Houston-based Friedkin Group, to head the influential Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Friedkin is the son of Thomas H. Friedkin, the Houston billionaire and founder of Gulf States Toyota distributors. Since 2000, the Friedkins have given more than $700,000 to the governor's state campaign organization, Texans for Rick Perry, making them his fifth-biggest donors, according to a Tribune analysis of campaign finance data from the ...

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