July 16, 2008
The Houston Chronicle is reporting today that in addition to the $100,000 donation that Lonnie Pilgrim, CEO of Pilgrims Pride, made to the Republican Governors Association that Texas Governor Rick Perry chairs, Pilgrim also paid for airfare for Perry and three aides to attend a news conference promoting the waiver request from federal ethanol mandates. The news conference was set up by the PR firm that represents Pilgrims Pride.
Pilgrim also made a $25,000 donation to Perry's political committee about a month after the waiver request was made.
Source : Houston Chronicle