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“Top 10 White Lies”

July 28, 2010

Over the past several months, Bill White has repeatedly lied to the people of Texas, including denying his trial lawyer background, hiding his shady and unethical business deals, whitewashing his fiscally irresponsible record as Houston's mayor, concealing his anti-gun beliefs, fabricating endorsements, and pretending not to support President Barack Obama and his liberal policies.

“Liberal Bill White has the same reflex reaction every time he is confronted with his past – he lies,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Texans have never been so blatantly lied to as they have been by Bill White, who over the past several months has conducted one of the most dishonest and negative campaigns in Texas history.”

In recognition of Bill White’s lying, Texans for Rick Perry presents the “Top 10 White Lies.” This list is accurate as of July 28, 2010, but is likely incomplete and expected to grow.

“Top 10 White Lies”

10.LIE: “I was in the oil and gas business when [President Obama] was a community organizer.”

TRUTH: Bill White was a trial lawyer when President Obama was a community organizer.

9.LIE: “I mean, I tried lawsuits, but never plaintiff’s personal injury. I represented businesses — that’s who I represented.”

TRUTH: Bill White was a trial lawyer and a partner at a law firm which helped pioneer and expand the use of get-paid-if-you-win contingency fees.

8.LIE: “I'm not in the business of recruiting people other than citizens of Texas to shake hands and campaign for me.”

TRUTH: Bill White heavily promoted an endorsement from former President Clinton and sent a fundraising blast email signed by Clinton featuring an image of Clinton with his arm around White.

7.LIE: “Endorsing Sheriffs include: Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Zavala County Sheriff Eusebio Salinas (sic).”

TRUTH: Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. and Zavala County Sheriff Eusevio Salinas Jr. have endorsed Gov. Perry.

6.LIE: “Bill White believes that individual gun ownership is a bedrock constitutional right and opposes new restrictions on it.”

TRUTH: On June 1, 2006, Bill White joined an anti-gun group dedicated to restricting gun owner privacy rights since its creation. Mayors Against Illegal Guns was created on April 25, 2006, included in its statement of principles was opposition to the Tiahrt Amendments, and that the group’s website says, "Since it was formed in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been fighting to reform the Tiahrt Amendments.”

5.LIE: “[Bill White’s] campaign said previously that he quit on July 21, 2009, the day that Mayors Against Illegal Guns ran an ad in USA Today opposing the Thune Amendment.”

TRUTH: “Earlier this year, a spokesman for the group told the American-Statesman that [White] resigned July 28, which was the day after John Sharp, then running against White for the U.S. Senate, criticized White for being part of the mayors’ group.”

4.LIE: “I have not made a penny [from Frontera Resources]. I have some stock but it is so subordinated to the other interests that I am told that it has little or no economic value."

TRUTH: Bill White made more than $1 million from Frontera Resources, with profits dating back to 1997.

3.LIE: “I had no financial interest in BTEC during the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

TRUTH: Bill White received more than $81,000 in compensation from BTEC’s majority owner in 2005, the year he directed a contract to the company following Hurricane Rita, and the Congressional Research Service has defined compensation from a corporation as a “continuing financial interest.”

2.LIE: “There are some people, including me, who believe that the president is spending a lot more money than we're taking in, is spending too much money in Washington. I don't believe in borrowing so much money.”

TRUTH: During the six years Bill White was Houston’s mayor, expenses exceeded revenues every year and $245 million in proceeds from pension obligation bonds were diverted to the city’s general fund to balance the budget. White’s borrowing left Houston with more debt per capita than California.

1.LIE: “I've been critical of both the spending and the cap and trade legislation for a long time.”

TRUTH: Bill White went to the White House to learn how to promote the $787 billion stimulus and wrote the incoming Obama Administration a memo detailing how to sell cap and trade to the public.

ICYMI: “One-Fourth of White's Campaign Dollars from D.C.”

July 23, 2010

The Texas Tribune has published a report titled, “One-Fourth of White's Campaign Dollars from D.C.” [Full article below]

"It's not surprising that Bill White would raise such large amounts of money from Washington considering he is the poster boy for President Obama's liberal policies," said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner.

Today is also Day 138 of Bill White refusing to release his taxes from his years in public service.

Bill White refuses to release his taxes from 1993-1998, years he held public service positions that required him by law to complete annual personal financial disclosures. While Bill White was Deputy Secretary of Energy (1993-95) and Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party (1995-98), he was required by law to complete annual personal financial disclosures that he has also failed to make public.

Story Time With Bill White, Who Denies He Supports Obama’s Spending And Was A Trial Lawyer

July 22, 2010

Liberal Bill White’s pathological lying continued Wednesday as he told the Dallas Morning News two new tall tales.

In an article titled, “Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White tries to distance himself from Obama,” Bill White falsely claimed, "I was in the oil and gas business when he was a community organizer,” and, "There are some people, including me, who believe that the president is spending a lot more money than we're taking in, is spending too much money in Washington. I don't believe in borrowing so much money.” [1]

“Liberal Bill White has selective memory when it comes to denying parts of his past that he does not want the people of Texas to know,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White has no problem inventing stories that are complete fabrications, such as claiming to be in the oil and gas business when he was actually a trial lawyer and pretending to be against a $787 billion spending bill that he was eager to help sell to the American public.”

At the time President Obama was working as a community organizer in Chicago from 1985-88, Bill White was a trial lawyer at Susman Godfrey, the firm which helped pioneer and expand the use of get-paid-if-you-win contingency fees and where Bill White served as partner until 1993. [2,3]

Also, on Feb. 20, 2009, just three days after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus into law, Bill White traveled to the White House for a meeting on how to sell the stimulus to the American public. Following the meeting, “White – a Democrat who plans to run for the U.S. Senate - said that taking as much funding as possible makes sense.” [4]

One week later, Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote Bill White a letter thanking him for supporting the administration. Bill White responded to her on March 11, 2009, writing, “Our leadership has supported many of the President’s initiatives.” [5]

Bill White Paid To Be Pictured Next To President Obama – Now Dismisses “Celebrity Endorsement”

July 21, 2010

Liberal Bill White was so eager to be pictured next to President Obama in 2009 that he bought advertising in a Houston newspaper featuring his image next to Obama’s under the words “Hope” and “Change.” Houston television station KRTK-TV aired a video report describing this ad on Jan. 30, 2009, which is available online at http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6631952. [1]

Yet on Tuesday, Bill White dismissed President Obama’s support as a “celebrity endorsement.” [2]

Just last month, White also bragged, “I write my own speeches and the words you hear in my commercials are my own.” [3]

“Liberal Bill White, who brags about writing his own speeches and advertising, paid to be pictured next to President Obama in an advertisement last year,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Now he is dismissing President Obama’s support as a ‘celebrity endorsement’ even as the two share liberal policies, campaign handlers, fundraising events, and donors.”

President Obama Becomes Bill White’s Second “Celebrity Endorsement”

July 21, 2010

Liberal Bill White told the Associated Press Tuesday that he considers the support he is receiving from President Obama, including a fundraiser for his campaign featuring the President next month in Austin, to be a “celebrity endorsement.” [1]

Though Bill White also told the AP, “I'm not in the business of recruiting people other than citizens of Texas to shake hands and campaign for me,” less than one month ago, on June 24, 2010, Bill White accepted a “celebrity endorsement” from former President Clinton and sent a fundraising blast email signed by Clinton featuring an image of Clinton with his arm around White. [2]

“While Bill White tries to run from the truth of his liberal endorsements, the facts speak for themselves,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Not only has former President Clinton embraced his candidacy, now President Obama is coming to Austin to raise money for his fledgling campaign. Just as the truth about his shady business dealings continues to be revealed, Bill White can run but he cannot hide from those he associates with.”

Joined At The Hip: White And Obama Sharing Policies, Campaign Handlers, Fundraising Events, And Donors

July 20, 2010

President Obama and Bill White are joined at the hip not only in their shared liberal beliefs, but also through their use of the same campaign handlers, fundraising events, and donors. Bill White is specifically mentioned in an invitation for a fundraiser featuring President Obama being held by the Democratic National Committee in Austin next month, as “some of the proceeds will remain in Texas to help elect Democrats in Texas, including Bill White as our next governor.”

“It is not surprising that President Obama is coming to Texas in an effort to bailout liberal Bill White’s failing campaign,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Not only do they agree on every major policy issue, including government-run health care, cap and trade, and massive stimulus bills, but they share the same campaign handlers, fundraising events, and donors. President Obama has headlined fundraisers for the Washington-based Democratic Governors Association, which is Bill White’s largest contributor and has already pumped more than $1.5 million into Bill White’s campaign coffers. Now President Obama is coming to Texas to raise more money for Bill White, but no amount of money will convince Texans to support the failed liberal ideology they share.”

Included in Bill White’s most recent campaign finance report are the following campaign handlers that he shares with President Obama: The Strategy Group (direct mail), Revolution Messaging (communications), The Tyson Organization (grassroots), Blue State Digital (internet), and Benenson Strategy Group (polling).

Bill White’s July 15, 2010, campaign finance report is available online at http://204.65.203.5/public/458677.pdf.

Another “WHITE LIE” – Bill White Caught Lying Again

July 19, 2010

For years Bill White claimed, "I have not made a penny,” from an energy company he formed to pursue energy deals in the Middle East after he resigned as Deputy Energy Secretary under President Clinton. But in a major Dallas Morning News investigation published this weekend, Bill White was finally forced to admit to having made millions from the company he formed to exploit his Washington connections. (SOURCE: “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White profited from failing oil and gas company,” Dallas Morning News, 7/18/10, full article below)

“Yet again liberal Bill White is caught in a lie following the release of some of his past tax returns,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Though Bill White has released only half of his income taxes for his years in public service, it has been revealed that he steered business following Hurricane Rita to a company he had a financial relationship with, that he hid millions in compensation he received from his past employer while Houston’s mayor, and now he has admitted to making millions from a company he formed to exploit his Washington connections and do business in the Middle East. As Bill White’s ethical scandals continue to mount, the demand only grows for him to come clean and release all of his tax returns for his years in public service. What else is Bill White hiding? What else is he afraid of Texans learning about his past business dealings?”

Bill White Made Millions While His Company Lied to the EPA

July 15, 2010

A company that paid Bill White millions to serve on its board of directors from 2003-2010 has admitted to Congress that it lied to the EPA when it promised to stop injecting diesel fuel into wells in underground sources of drinking water.

In December 2003, BJ Services and two other companies signed an agreement with the EPA that said, “The companies agree to eliminate diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluids injected into CBM (coalbed methane) production wells in USDWs (underground sources of drinking water) within 30 days of signing this agreement.” [1]

Yet between 2005 and 2007, BJ Services violated this agreement by “using 2,500 gallons of diesel-based fluids in several fracturing jobs,” as the company has admitted to Congress. [2]

“While Bill White was making millions serving on its board of directors, BJ Services was violating an agreement with the EPA to stop injecting diesel fuel into wells in underground sources of drinking water,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “This dishonesty has already been admitted to Congress, yet Bill White refuses to accept responsibility and instead is now suggesting the entire industry has behaved as his company did when it violated its agreement with the EPA. Bill White’s blatant disregard for the truth creates potential harm for others in the industry who follow rules and regulations.”

While mayor of Houston, Bill White earned more than $2.6 million serving on the BJ Services board. Words used to describe this agreement include “unusual,” “rare,” “ill-advised,” and “dangerous.” [3, 4]

Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen

July 13, 2010

In a pathetic attempt to draw attention to his abysmal campaign, Bill White held a sparsely attended online “town hall” on Monday where the liberal trial lawyer bored dozens of viewers and answered a planted question from a Democratic consultant.

The Texas Tribune said of the event: A “Mr. Cook”, a.k.a. Democratic consultant Harold Cook, tweeted a question asking if White would live in a rental mansion like Perry. (SOURCE: “Kirk Watson Holds Online Town Hall With Bill White,” Texas Tribune, 7/12/10, http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/kir...)

“Realizing his limited audience was either falling asleep or not interested in the lack of substance, Bill White called on a known Democrat consultant to try to save the day during a town hall last night,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Liberal Bill most likely learned this fake question routine from his good buddy, President Obama, who is known for answering planted questions during his press conferences. Bill White continues his campaign about nothing and once again failed to offer any ideas of substance during last night’s town hall.”

In 2009, the Washington Post reported on President Obama answering planted questions at a White House press conference. (SOURCE: “Stay Tuned for More of 'The Obama Show,’” Washington Post, 6/24/09, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/23/AR200906...)

Bill White Used Eminent Domain To Condemn Property For Top Campaign Donor

July 8, 2010

While mayor of Houston, liberal trial lawyer Bill White used eminent domain to condemn land that helped one of his top campaign donors close a $12.5 million land deal, leading to a lawsuit from the landowners. The city was forced to settle the lawsuit for more than twice the appraised value of the property. [1]

White hid this abuse of power from the Texas Farm Bureau today, just as he has hidden his taxes for his years in public service for 123 days and counting.

“While mayor of Houston, liberal Bill White abused eminent domain to help one of his top campaign donors make millions of dollars,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White has a history of abusing his public positions to personally profit, from unethically steering millions in taxpayer dollars to a company he had a financial relationship with following Hurricane Rita, cashing in on his Washington experience under President Clinton to make millions in the Middle East, to rewarding campaign donors with land grabs.”

Developer Ed Wulfe and his wife, who benefitted from the condemnation, have donated $25,100 to Bill White since 2003, according to campaign financial reports. [2]

In describing the condemnation, Andrew Wheat, research director for Texans for Public Justice, said, "It looks as if the city of Houston was all too eager to bulldoze the people — and condemn the property — that prevented a powerful political donor from realizing his ambitions.” [3]

Also criticizing the condemnation was South Texas College of Law Professor Matthew Festa, a specialist in land use law. According to the Houston Chronicle, Festa “said he was particularly troubled by a memorandum White wrote explaining his decision. In the March 11 memo to council members, White says that if the city has to take just part of the land for the road widening, it makes better sense to take the entire plot. A city often has to pay the full value of a tract in condemnation cases if a partial taking renders the remaining land less valuable, legal experts say. ‘If the public pays fair value of the whole tract,’ White wrote, ‘it should keep the whole tract and put it to public use if there is one.’ Those last four words — ‘if there is one’ — imply that the park idea came later, Festa said. To take land, a local government has to need it for a public use, he explained. ‘It sounds like he's willing to come up with some ex post facto justification for the taking after he's decided to take the property,’ Festa said. Although doing it that way may not be illegal, Festa said, it is ‘odd and troubling.’” [3]

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