BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Hustler founder Larry Flynt is once again trying to keep self-proclaimed holier-than-thou politicians honest.
Yesterday, Flynt offered $1 million to anyone with proof of "an illicit sexual liaison" including straight and gay sex involving leading Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Hustler bought full-page advertisements in the weekly editions of the U.S. satirical tabloid The Onion and alternative Austin Chronicle, looking for dirt on Perry.
"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."
One ad 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."
Reuters said a spokesman for Perry could not be reached for comment about the Flynt offer.