I don’t know how I missed this before, but some of Rick Perry’s university appointees are apparently very generous to Rick Perry.

It’s common knowledge that the majority of Texas state colleges are headed by former politicians (unlike most colleges, which are typically led by former academics).

Well according to a recent piece by Alec MacGillis in the New Republic, the Texas Governor has received campaign contributions from two-thirds of the 155 regents he appointed to run the state’s universities.

If this campaign continues we’re going to be seeing a lot of articles about how Perry “knows” education and has innovative ideas about reform that might be interesting for the United States as a whole.

Well perhaps, but he also appears to enjoy a rather unusual authority, for a governor, over state universities. This is probably not a level of control he can replicate outside of the Lone Star State.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer