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6:33 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Texas Governor Under Fire For Spending

Texas – A government watchdog group today filed a complaint against Gov. Rick Perry's campaign -- saying it failed to properly disclose how it spends money at the Governor's Mansion and at his temporary residence.

Since 2001, Perry's campaign has spent more than $800,000 under the loosely defined category of "mansion expenditures."

Texans for Public Justice claims the campaign violated disclosure laws by failing to itemize the spending.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner says everything is in accordance with the law and practices of past governors.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the GOP governor has used campaign money to throw parties, buy food and drink, and pay for cable TV and other services at his official residence.

Perry in 2007 moved into a temporary residence during renovations to the mansion -- then in June 2008 the mansion was set on fire. So far nobody has been arrested.

Perry faces Democrat Bill White in November.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.