White, Perry trade barbs over donors

September 30, 2010 10:09:33 AM PDT
A new report that's making waves in the Texas governor's race says Republican Gov. Rick Perry received more than $17 million in campaign donations from people he appointed to state boards and commissions. That amounts to 21 percent of the cash Perry has raised since 2001.

Democratic challenger Bill White said Thursday that he wants to know whether campaign contributions influenced any of Perry's appointment decisions. He says it cannot be a coincidence that so many Perry donors are appointees.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner says the governor bases his appointments on qualifications. And he said White has questions to answer about appointing one of his donors to the Houston Metro board when he was mayor. Metro is now under fire for questionable procurement procedures.