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Homebuilder Bob Perry, the largest political contributor in Texas, is also a regular donor to numerous groups and causes in Harris, Jefferson and Galveston counties.
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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry has his favorite in the Texas governor's race - incumbent Rick Perry (no relation). The Republican governor has been a long-time recipient of campaign cash, and has reciprocated by creating a state agency that protected builders from consumer complaints (now disbanded after a storm of protest). Perhaps the nation's most prolific campaign giver, Bob Perry, ...in Texas, the homebuilder is an advocate of having the government limit lawsuits against business, including his own. At the same time, he's refused to pay court judgments against him. A jury in Fort Worth ordered him to pay $58 million to a retirement-age couple for refusing for a decade of fix their defective home. Perry's lawyers are appealing, and the case could continue for years.  By Wayne Slater

Readers Perception of Bob Perry and the Cull Story 
NPR - Texas Homebuilder Perry's Money and Political Influence - Click to listen
Texas Monthly - Home Buyer Beware

Texas Observer - The Agency that Bob Perry Built
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Dallas Morning News - Dream home becomes legal nightmare
 
Couples Agonizing 10 Year Legal Ordeal Is Builder Bob Perry's Supreme Court Contribution

Read more on Bob Perry's money at work - TRCC - Latest News
Texas' Top Political Donor - Investigative News Report 
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News Flash! Big Republican Political Campaign Donor Bob Perry gives $20,000 to Houston City Council Candidate Democrat Melissa Noriega

Bob Perry Political Campaign Contributions
for the 2000 throgh 2008 Elections
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Contribution Totals
2008 Contribution Count/Amount 5/$29,800
2006 Contribution Count/Amount 25/$72,600
2004 Contribution Count/Amount 29/$4,499,000
2002 Contribution Count/Amount 34/$44,500
2000 Contribution Count/Amount 37/$196,000
 
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Nov 27, 2001 Tort Tycoons Poured Millions into 2000 Texas Elections Report Tracks Texans for Lawsuit Reform's Top Donors [Includes David Weekley and Perry Homes] NOTE: TLR is a so called "grassroots organization".
Texans for Lawsuit Reform - Read Texans for Pubic Justice Report
  • Altogether, these 24 king makers spent $4.5 million to influence Texas politics in the 2000 cycle, with Houston homebuilder Bob Perry spending an astounding $912,500.
  • Plaintiff Carlos Murillo complained that the builder refused to finish his house until he put up a yard sign that said, "Come Talk To Me Before You Buy a David Weekley Home." 
  • Dick Weekley of Weekley Homes donated $126,000 to TLR and $208,925 total for 2000 elections.
    Bob J. Perry of Perry Homes donated $90,000 to TLR and  $912,500 total for 2000 elections.

Oct 30, 2001 Texas PACs 2000 Election Cycle  Tort Law: $1,481,128 TLR (Texans for Lawsuit Reform, a so called grass roots organiztaion) raised half of its money from the families of just five tycoons who made fortunes in litigious industries: Sterling Groupís Gordon Cain ($200,000); real estate mogul Harlan Crow ($150,000); Cogen Technologiesí Robert McNair ($125,000); and the owners of David Weekley Homes ($126,000) and Bob Perry Homes ($90,000)

Oct 19, 2001 FINALLY! 7 years later, The Texas Supreme Courts stops Perry Home's whining over $2800! THE FOLLOWING MOTIONS FOR REHEARING OF PETITIONS FOR  REVIEW ARE DENIED:  01-0135 PERRY HOMES, a joint venture v. AZIZ ALWATTARI and HAJER ALWATTARI; from Tarrant County; 2nd district (02-98-00106-CV, 33 SW3d 376, 11-02-00) 

Background: This started in 1994 with a doundation failure. The jury ruled in favor of the homeowner. The appeal court did too. The Supreme Court did too. The builders then tried to change the law by filing Texas Senate Bill SB623 which did not pass. Now the Supreme Court has ruled again, deniying Perry's request for a review.. All over $2800. Is this lawsuit abuse or what? For background info read Perry Homes v. Alwattari NO. 2-98-106-CV.

See also: Aug 24, 2001 From the Texas Supreme Court Concerning Perry Homes: THE FOLLOWING PETITIONS FOR REVIEW ARE DENIED:  01-0135ÝÝÝÝPERRY HOMES, a joint venture v. AZIZ ALWATTARI and HAJER ALWATTARI; from Tarrant County; 2nd district (02-98-00106-CV, 33 SW3d 376, 11-02-00) 
 

Aug 24, 2001 From the Texas Supreme Court Concerning Perry Homes: THE FOLLOWING PETITIONS FOR REVIEW ARE DENIED:  01-0135ÝÝÝÝPERRY HOMES, a joint venture v. AZIZ ALWATTARI and HAJER ALWATTARI; from Tarrant County; 2nd district (02-98-00106-CV, 33 SW3d 376, 11-02-00) 

NOTE:  The jury ruled in favor of the homeowner. The appeal court did too. The builders then tried to change the law by filing Texas Senate Bill SB623 which did not pass. Now they Supreme Court has ruled. All over $2800. Is this lawsuit abuse or what? For background info read Perry Homes v. Alwattari NO. 2-98-106-CV.

May 13, 2001 Posted to the Perry Homes Page: Perry Homes v. Alwattari NO. 2-98-106-CV. This was provided as support for Texas Senate Bill 623 (see below) which would provide more protection to the homebuilders. Perry offered to pay 60% of the cost to the foundation with the owner paying the other 40% ($2800) and filing with the Home Owners Warranty. HOW is in recievership, and the owner could only get reimbursed if there is money and if there is a valid claim. This entire suit  going through the appeals process and landing in the Senate was all about just $2800.00. 

Mar 30 2001: Testimony heard for Texas Senate Bill SB623 Randy Birdwell, CEO of Emerald Homes (July 19, 2001 aquired by DR Horton) spoke in favor of the bill. This bill would provide more protection to builders even if a reasonable offer was not provided prior to a suit (arbitration). Others who testified include:

FOR:
Birdwell, Randy (Texas Association of Builders and Emerald Builders), The Woodlands, TX
Bush, Robert L. (TAB and Dallas HBA), Arlington, TX
Paxson, Stephen (Self), Houston, TX
AGAINST: 
Ahmad, Janet (Home Owners for Better Building), San Antonio, TX
Cobarruvias, John R. (Home Owners for Better Building), Houston, TX
McQuality, Mark S. (Self), Dallas, TX
Stark, Anne P. (Homeowners), Dallas, TX
Turner, Cheryl C. (Self), Dallas, TX
 
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