Turn Texas Blue – ‘Wendy Davis Slams Greg Abbott for His Donors Getting $42 Million in Taxpayer Money’
‘Abbott looked the other way as taxpayer dollars were given away to businesses whose grant requests received low review scores or were not reviewed at all.” They asked, “Why did Abbott fail to attend a single CPRIT oversight board meeting?”
‘Maybe this sounds like no biggie, but that’s until you get to the money involved’.
‘Abbott donors raked in over 42 million taxpayer dollars while he apparently “looked the other way.”
‘The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas is Republican Governor Rick Perry’s baby and it was a signature accomplishment until several years ago when a criminal investigation into its operations was opened’.
‘The voters approved the creation of this agency in 2007, in order to distribute up to $3 billion for cancer research’.
‘The Republican Attorney General was serving on the oversight board as his donors received $42 million in taxpayer funds’.
- ‘In fact, the Lone Star Report continued, “Since 2001, Greg Abbott has received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from a handful of individuals who are connected to CPRIT. Companies connected to the Abbott contributors have in turn received $42,800,861 in grants from CPRIT.”
‘That doesn’t look so great’.
‘There are at least ten Abbott donors with ties to this cancer prevention board’.
‘As an example of how this works, there are two big Republican players who are also major donors of Abbott’s, James Leininger and Peter O’Donnell’.
- ‘Together they gave Abbott over $400,000 since 2001, and together they received almost $25 million in taxpayer money for “grants” in spite of poor or no reviews’.
‘Several officials had to resign after awarding the unjustified grants, and one official was indicted over an $11 million grant’.
‘Wendy Davis’ communications director Zac Petkanas’ :
“Under his watch, Greg Abbott’s largest contributors received tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts with almost no oversight or accountability’.
‘ However, instead of addressing his potentially unethical behavior while serving on the CPRIT board, Abbott has refused to come clean and discuss his involvement with the organization’s shady activities that led to several officials resigning and one criminal indictment. Texans are sick and tired of the same business as usual from Greg Abbott.”
‘This isn’t the only issue Abbott is silent on, he’s also avoiding discussing equal pay for women. Here’s a clue: When a Texas Republican won’t discuss their stance on women’s issues, it’s probably not good’.