DMN Investigates: State’s cancer-fighting agency funded projects of Perry campaign contributor

One night in December 2007, Dallas businessman David Shanahan and several of his family members gathered at a home in Highland Park with a special guest, Gov. Rick Perry, to talk about cancer.

By the end of the next day, the governor had collected $50,000 for his campaign fund from Shanahan and several of his associates. Less than one week earlier, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst pulled in $40,000 from a similar group of donors that included Shanahan.

This political gift-giving came just a month after Texas voters approved a 10-year, $3 billion program to fight cancer. Millions from that program later would flow to Shanahan’s firms.



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