Ed. Note: This is the sixth part of a ten-part wrap-up of Rick Perry's history of cover-up and corruption that will run on Burnt Orange Report today.
The Dallas Morning News broke the story that Rick Perry has handed out $16 million in taxpayer dollars from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to companies tied to his top political contributors. Perry’s public corruption scandal showed that he gave his “close friend” and campaign contributor David Nance $4.5 million handout, despite the fact that Nance side-stepped two review boards to receive the handout
Gov. Rick Perry and the state's legislative leaders awarded a $4.5 million grant to a cancer treatment company launched by David Nance, a close Perry friend and campaign donor, after the company sidestepped two review committees, including a statewide board created specifically to evaluate and make recommendations on life-science companies.
From the Dallas Morning News:
- Sunday – “Perry's tech fund aided firms with ties to his donors”
- Monday – “Perry says innovator who's also donor deserved tech funds”
- Monday – “Gov. Rick Perry refuses to release documents from Texas Emerging Technology Fund”
- Monday – Editorial: It's time to fix the Emerging Technology Fund
- Tuesday – “Perry, White address issues around technology fund”
- Wednesday – “Gov. Rick Perry approved $4.5 million for donor's start-up firm without regional board's OK”
- Austin American-Statesman – “New questions raised about $4.5 million state grant to Austin company”
- CNN – “White hammers Perry over tech fund questions”
- The Hill – “Texas Tea Partiers Should Disown Rick Perry”
- Talking Points Memo – “Report: Rick Perry Gave $16M In State Money To Firms Backed By Donors”
- Burnt Orange Report – Tom Delay's Lawyer, Dick Deguerin, Calls for Investigation Into Rick Perry's ETF Scandal
- Burnt Orange Report – Rick Perry's Political Machine Is Selling State Government