First on CNN: Group backing Rick Perry airing TV ad in Illinois
February 21st, 2014
05:43 PM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Group backing Rick Perry airing TV ad in Illinois

Washington (CNN) - An independent group supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running a new television ad in Illinois aimed at luring new business to the Lone Star State.

The 30-second commercial stars Perry, standing before the state capitol building in Austin, looking straight into the camera and highlighting Texas' business-friendly tax and regulatory climate.

"In Texas, we have conservative leadership," Perry says. "In Illinois, it's liberal. And there's a big difference."

It's the first state-targeted ad funded by Americans For Economic Freedom, an independent 501(c)4 group created last year by political operatives close to Perry that seeks to promote "states with conservative fiscal leadership and policies."

It's not the first time Perry has sought to promote his home state on the Illinois airwaves.

TexasOne, a non-profit group managed by the governor's office, ran similar business-themed television and radio ads in Illinois last year. That group also purchased ad time in New York, Maryland, California and Missouri - like Illinois, all states with Democratic governors.

Perry happens to be facing off against Illinois' governor, Pat Quinn, on Friday's episode of CNN's "Crossfire."

The ad will air in Chicago and on national cable.


Filed under: Illinois • Rick Perry
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Rick looks befuddled...again.

    February 21, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Rick Perry...No!

    February 21, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "It's the first state-targeted ad funded by Americans For Economic Freedom, an independent 501(c)4 group created last year by political operatives close to Perry that seeks to promote "states with conservative fiscal leadership and policies."

    Time to get rid of Citizens United, folks. This "social welfare" organization, which does not have to reveal its contributors or the amounts they give, enjoys tax-exempt status. It is nothing more than a giant funnel for outside money to influence elections, influence from domestic – and foreign – millionaires, billionaires and corporations.

    This is not representative democracy; it's the elimination of living-wage jobs and the middle class and the installation of a plutocracy, where the top 1% own and control everything. If that's your bag, move to Russia or a third-world country where it already exists and then report back on how closely it aligns with what the Founders intended.

    February 21, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    "In Texas, we have conservative leadership," Perry says. "In Illinois, it's liberal. And there's a big difference."
    -----------------------
    yassir.. and in TX yews got an awl and gass bubble keeping it afloat.

    February 21, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    With blue states so anti-business..........why shouldn't the red states go after those businesses????

    February 21, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    If you can't create jobs, steal them from other states.

    February 21, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    That's funny... everybody I know who lives in Texas refers to it is 'Taxes'... and they are not kidding! Property taxes are through the roof there, but for your money you get an education system free from actual facts, history, honest dialogue.... no cultural learning and creationism gets the same weight as 'that other theory'.

    If you are really good though... when you die you get to go to Oklahoma.

    February 21, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Hank

    That's what a governor is suppose to do. Bring new business into their state. Can't fault him for that. Not one bit

    February 21, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    This guy will never be a POTUS. FORGET IT.

    February 21, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Thomas

    This more about Rick Perry priming the pump for another presidential run in 2016 .

    The only thing that is cheeper in Texas in energy .

    February 22, 2014 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  11. just me

    This weeks' special: we'll pay for your first chemical plant explosion!

    February 22, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  12. Marie MD

    What regulatory climate? These teaklans don't believe in climate change but Texas and regulation? It's like vinegar and oil.
    If you want to watch your factory blow up killing your employees then the oops governor state is the place for you.
    Just think of all the lawsuits that he's not going to help you with when it does happen.

    February 22, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    This is Perry's concept of creating jobs in Texas – steal them from other states! There is a multi-billion dollar fund here to help establish new high-tech ventures, but it only goes to people that have a history of being major donors to Perry's campaigns.

    February 22, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. Michael MN

    Low taxes yet the most people on welfare and no insurance – Tell me who really benifits – the workers or the corporations ?

    February 22, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Thomas

    Rick Perry , Dumber then a Doornail with one heck of a political machine .

    If you can't create jobs , steal them from another state .

    February 22, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |