Â Katrina vanden Heuvel's Washington Post Op Ed tells it all::
Thereâ€™s a saying in Texas when someone has the swagger of success without the accomplishments to back it up: Heâ€™s all hat and no cattle. Put another way: heâ€™s acting like Texas Governor Rick Perry (R).
Texasâ€™s political system is also as brazenly capable of corruption by money and special interests as that in Washington, and unabashedly so.
Long before the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United allowed unlimited contributions to begin flowing into national super PACs, Texas had some of the most lax campaign finance laws anywhere. At the state level, there are no limits on the amount of money individuals can contribute to candidates, allowing wealthy donors to directly bankroll campaigns. In such an environment, Rick Perry didnâ€™t just survive, he flourished. He didnâ€™t just embrace the system, he shattered records with it, raising more than anyone in Texas history.
Full Text: Rick Perry: Governor for Sale