AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A nonprofit foundation tied to a beleaguered $3 billion cancer-fighting agency in Texas has disclosed a list of donors that reveals six-figure contributions from private drug companies.
The CPRIT Foundation on Thursday released the list of more than 250 donors. The list had been sought by lawmakers and reports in wake of a criminal investigation launched into the state-run Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The agency has been in turmoil since revealing that a Dallas-based company received $11 million in taxpayer funds despite never having its application reviewed or scrutinized. Criminal prosecutors have launched an investigation into CPRIT and all of the agency's top leadership has resigned.
A main purpose of the CPRIT Foundation was to supplement the salaries of agency executives.