Some of the same Texas donors who have funded Perry’s political rise also have footed the bills for Perry and his family to jet around the world, stay in luxury hotels and resorts, vacation in tony Colorado ski towns, attend all manner of sporting events and concerts, and to maintain, entertain – and even pay the cable bill – at the 4,600-square-foot mansion with a heated pool that taxpayers are renting him at a cost of about $10,000 a month.

And that’s to say nothing of the wide range of sometimes-expensive gifts Perry has accepted over the years, including 22 pairs of cowboy boots, Stetson hats, belt buckles, cuff links and at least nine hunting trips…

Watchdog groups and political opponents have argued Perry’s acceptance of such perks feeds a corrupt pay-to-play political culture in Texas, and they have filed complaints alleging ethics and campaign finance violations. But Perry appears to have only been found in violation once – for a relatively minor disclosure violation, though his campaign also paid $426,000 last year to settle an opponent’s lawsuit alleging it accepted illegal contributions from a top donor…

Frazier said Perry’s “working, living and travel arrangements are commensurate with other governors around the nation.” But elected officials in other states are subject to tighter restrictions on the types and values of gifts and travel they can accept (several states cap the value of gifts that can be accepted at $250 or less), as well as spending their campaign cash.