Porn magnate funds $1 million quest to embarrass Perry

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:42am EDT

Larry Flynt, head of Larry Flynt Publications, speaks to the news media about the Washington sex scandal involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and accused ''D.C. Madam'' Deborah Jean Palfrey and the possibility that other high-ranking U.S. elected officials may be involved during a news conference in Beverly Hills, July 11, 2007. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Larry Flynt, head of Larry Flynt Publications, speaks to the news media about the Washington sex scandal involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and accused ''D.C. Madam'' Deborah Jean Palfrey and the possibility that other high-ranking U.S. elected officials may be involved during a news conference in Beverly Hills, July 11, 2007.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pornographic magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million on Thursday to anyone with proof of "an illicit sexual liaison" involving leading Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The offer by the politically left-leaning Flynt targeting Perry was similar to past efforts by the Hustler magazine founder to embarrass public figures he dislikes.

Los Angeles-based Larry Flynt Productions, which publishes Hustler, said it bought full-page advertisements in the weekly editions of the U.S. satirical tabloid The Onion and the Austin Chronicle, a Texas alternative paper, seeking evidence of any Perry peccadilloes.

"I've been doing this for 35 years," Flynt said in a telephone interview with Reuters. "We've found running these ads were very successful in finding sources to come forward."

A copy of the most recent ad circulated to the media by Flynt's company read, "Have you had a gay or straight sexual encounter with Governor Rick Perry?"

"Can you provide documented evidence of illicit sexual or intimate relations with the governor? Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine will pay you up to $1 million if we choose to publish your verified story and use your material."

Perry headed into a Republican candidate debate on Thursday ranked as the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, according to recent public opinion polls.

A USA Today/Gallup poll released this week found Perry ahead of one-time Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, with 31 percent favoring him to 24 percent for Romney among Republican likely voters.

A spokesman for Perry could not be reached for comment about the Flynt offer.

In 1999, then-incoming U.S. House Speaker Robert Livingston resigned after Flynt claimed to have uncovered evidence of an extramarital affair by the Louisiana Republican.

Flynt had bought a full-page newspaper advertisement offering $1 million for evidence of sexual dalliances by congressional Republicans, who were seeking to impeach then-President Bill Clinton over allegations that he had lied under oath about an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Flynt in 2007 made a separate $1 million offer for evidence of illicit sexual encounters by high-ranking lawmakers, but that ended less dramatically than his 1998 offer.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan)

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Comments (3)
NashvilleDave wrote:
First of all, the fact that Larry Flynt wants to discredit him so badly is the first reason I’ve found to support Perry.

Second, why would Larry waste so much money when Perry is already embarrassing and discrediting himself for free?

Sep 23, 2011 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NashvilleDave wrote:
@StupidPig,

You obviously didn’t read my comment. I don’t support Perry. But thank you for showing us all what reasonable mature people Liberals are.

Also, you’re making an assumption that I’m poor. If that’s what you consider to be an adult converse than I’m going to assume that you have an IQ of 60 (in addition to your offensively bad reading comprehension skills) and live in your parents basement reading Hustler all day. Every now and then you take a break to search the Internet for anyone who’s made a derogatory comment about your idol, Larry Flynt. When you find one you build a big straw man and burn it in effigy for all the world to see. You then return to your sticky magazines to “congratulate” yourself on a job well done.

I know I probably lost you several times there, but go back and read it again real slow and maybe you’ll get it.

Sep 23, 2011 3:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amerigom wrote:
The road to a political office, is paved with rhetoric; none of which has anything to do with it’s operation! Your second cousin, twice removed, may have had something to do with; a call-girl. Too bad, you are not qualified! Who makes the decision? The final decision is gauged by how much money is involved, and how much time the media is willing to spend! How about these “debates”? Whom asks the questions?
How about the questions?
Just keep your eyes glued to the boob tube, and you will become a boob!
AND, we still have to press “1″ for English!

Sep 26, 2011 6:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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