Poultry Company Behind Ethanol Waiver Request

Cindy Zimmerman

Governor Rick PerryAn article in the Houston Chronicle this week traces Texas Governor Rick Perry’s request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard back to a March 25 meeting with Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim, owner of Pilgrim’s Pride, the country’s largest chicken producer.

Pilgrims PrideAccording to the article, Pilgrim gave $100,000 to the Republican Governors Association chaired by Perry shortly after that meeting.

In the following weeks, Pilgrim’s Pride lobbyists and public relations firm Public Strategies helped Perry’s staff work out the details of waiver request, which was submitted on April 25.

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