16 Days For $1,000 Bucks: Rick Perry’s Dabble In The Porn Industry

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"16 Days For $1,000 Bucks: Rick Perry’s Dabble In The Porn Industry"

In 1995 — then serving as Texas’ Agricultural Commissioner — Rick Perry bought stock in Movie Gallery, which until its bankruptcy in 2010, was the largest distributor of pornography in America, the second-largest video rental company behind Blockbuster and one of the few that rented pornography in its stores. According to tax records, Perry acquired the stock in April of 1995 and sold it just days later, earning less than $1,000 from the transaction:

To be fair, it’s unclear how much knowledge Perry had about these investments, and they were a very small part of his overall stock portfolio.

Interestingly, Movie Gallery had been the target of conservative activism from groups like the American Family Association, who launched “a national ad campaign to draw attention to Movie Gallery’s porn practices, and wrote the DoJ and state AG’s demanding, ‘DOJ and State Prosecutors throughout the country should begin immediate investigations to determine if the products and practices of Movie Gallery Video Stores violate Federal and State laws regarding distribution of obscene material.”

“Movie Gallery is one of America’s largest retailers of hard-​core sex videos,” AFA claimed. “Their attempt to acquire family friendly neighborhood Hollywood Video stores across the U.S. poses a serious threat to our communities!” But if this month’s Response rally is any indication, AFA isn’t holding Perry’s brief investment against him. After all, the Texas governor will have another opportunity to prove his conservative credentials if he signs the FAMiLY Leader’s pledge vowing to ban pornography.

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