Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million on Thursday to anyone with proof of "an illicit sexual liaison" involving Texas Governor Rick Perry. Flynt made a similar offer against Republicans during the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinski scandal, which led to the resignation of Congressman Bob Livingston.
Flynt says he bought full-page advertisements in the weekly editions of The Onion and the Austin Chronicle, a Texas alternative paper. Flynt told Reuters: "I've been doing this for 35 years. We've found running these ads were very successful in finding sources to come forward."
The ad reportedly reads: "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.