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Gov. Rick Perry, Shell and Motiva Enterprises

Texas grant recipients gave to Republican Gov. Perry

By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO, Texas | Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:00am BST

Oct 13 (Reuters) – Businesses that won grants from a Texas economic development fund contributed $7 million to Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Governors Association, which supports him, a report by a watchdog group said on Thursday.

Many companies that received Enterprise Fund funding did not meet their job goals, the watchdog group said.

Motiva Enterprises, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) U.S. unit and Saudi Refining Inc., received $2 million from the Enterprise Fund in 2006, promising to create 300 refinery jobs in the Houston area by the end of 2010.

TPJ reported that in 2009, Motiva amended its contract to allow two more years to deliver the 300 jobs. At the end of 2010, Motiva reported it had created 258 jobs. Starting in late 2006, after the Enterprise Fund grant was awarded, Shell began contributing to the RGA, and has since contributed $235,000 to the organization, and another $13,000 to Perry’s campaign.

Motiva did not return a call seeking comment.

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