Top 10 White Lies As of July 2010

Liberal Bill is up to no good again, this time with some White Lies.

The information below and more can be found at www.LiberalBill.com.

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.”

Disclaimer: This list is accurate as of July 28, 2010, but is likely incomplete and expected to grow.

Read the lies, the rebuttals and the sources below.  Unlike Bill White and his White lies, the facts do not lie!

“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.

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

“Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White tries to distance himself from Obama,” Dallas Morning News, 7/22/10, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stori…

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

“What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer?” National Review, 9/8/08, http://article.nationalreview.com/370073/what-did-obama-do-as-a-communit…

“Bill White Taps Business Ties In Bid For Governor,” Associated Press, 2/18/10, http://cbs11tv.com/local/Bill.White.legal.2.1503730.html

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

“Is Bill White Really a Trial Lawyer? Should We Care?” Texas Tribune, 4/23/10, http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/is-…

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.

“Bill White Taps Business Ties In Bid For Governor,” Associated Press, 2/18/10, http://cbs11tv.com/local/Bill.White.legal.2.1503730.html

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

“Obama to campaign in Texas,” Associated Press, 7/20/10, http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/20/2348746_obama-to-campaign-in-tex…

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.

“Former Houston Mayor Bill White Gets Help From The Former President In The Race For Governor,” Isiah Carey’s Insite, 6/24/10, http://carey2.blogspot.com/2010/06/former-houston-mayor-bill-white-gets….

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

“White gets sheriff backing, chides Perry on personal finances,” Houston Chronicle, 7/26/10, http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2010/07/white_gets_sher.ht…

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

“Democrat Sheriffs Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-election,” Texans for Rick Perry, 7/26/10, http://rickperry.org/release/democrat-sheriffs-endorse-gov-perry-re-elec…

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

“Bill White, a gun owner, is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” Shoot Straight Texas (Bill White campaign), http://action.shootstraighttexas.com/page/invite/sst3

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.”

E-mail From Mayors Against Illegal Guns Spokesman to Austin American-Statesman, 3/4/10, http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/statesman/politifact/03042010_jasonpostemail.pdf

“Coalition Principles,” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/principles.shtml

“The Tiahrt Amendments,” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/federal/tiahrt.shtml

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.”

“Group listed White among foes of gun law, but campaign says he favors it,” Austin American-Statesman, 7/23/10, http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/…

TRUTH: “Earlier this year, a spokesman for the group told the American-Statesman that he 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.”

“Group listed White among foes of gun law, but campaign says he favors it,” Austin American-Statesman, 7/23/10, http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/…

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.”

“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White profited from failing oil and gas company,” Dallas Morning News, 7/18/10, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/071810…

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

“Texas governor’s race heats up over business deals,” Associated Press, 7/20/10, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/politics/7115388.html

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

“Bill White’s investment in Hurricane Rita firm is scrutinized,” Associated Press, 6/10/10, http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/09/2253051/bill-whites-investment-i…

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.”

Bill White finances, available online at http://www.billwhitefortexas.com/finances/

Congressional Research Service Report, 9/22/03, available online at http://lautenberg.senate.gov/documents/domestic/financialties.pdf

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.”

“Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White tries to distance himself from Obama,” Dallas Morning News, 7/22/10, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stori…

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.

Houston’s Annual Financial Reports for the available five fiscal years under Bill White (FY2010 report not released yet)
Year / Total Revenues / Total Expenses (In Millions)
FY2005 / $2,890 / $3,435
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/cafr05/03.%20Financial%20Section%20%…
(page 6 / page 7 of pdf)
FY2006 / $3,456 / $3,593
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/CAFR%20FY2006.pdf
(page 6 / page 29 of pdf)
FY2007 / $3,350 / $3,578
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/cafr/City%20of%20%20Houston-CAFR%20F…
(page 6 / page 28 of pdf)
FY2008 / $3,462 / $3,923
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/CAFR%202008/2008%20CAFR%20final.pdf
(page 6 / page 29 of pdf)
FY2009 / $3,905 / $4,137
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/cafr/CityofHouston2009AnnualFinancia…
(page 6 / page 27 of pdf)

Pension Bond Proceeds Diverted to Houston’s General Fund
FY2005 $48,599,000
FY2006 $59,000,000
FY2007 $63,000,000
FY2008 $35,000,000
FY2009 $20,000,000
FY2010 $20,000,000
TOTAL: $245,599,000
City of Houston Monthly Financial and Operation Reports, General Fund Comparative Projections, available online at http://www.houstontx.gov/budget/index.html

Houston’s total primary government debt (per capita) is $5,270, while California’s is $2,808.
Houston FY2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/cafr/CityofHouston2009AnnualFinancia… (page 213 / 241 of pdf);
California FY2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, http://www.sco.ca.gov/Files-ARD/CAFR/cafr09web.pdf, (page 255 / 273 of pdf)

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

“Governor candidate Bill White’s campaign hits small East Texas towns,” WFAA-TV, 7/23/10, http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Guber-99135944.html

TRUTH: Bill White went to 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.

“Obama tells mayors Texas could lose out if Gov. Perry rejects stimulus funds,” Dallas Morning News, 2/21/09, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/local/stories/…

“Bill White’s advice to Obama on cap and trade,” Houston Chronicle, 5/18/10, http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2010/05/bill_whites_adv.html

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