AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A nonprofit foundation that helps boost executive salaries at the state's embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting effort is defending its decision to keep the names of private donors confidential.
State budget-writers Thursday grilled officials with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The agency is under a criminal investigation and has ground to a halt over awarding $11 million to a private company without ever scrutinizing the proposal.
The CPRIT Foundation was created partly as a mechanism to supplement the salaries of the state agency's top executives. Executive Director Bill Gimson made $300,000 before asking to resign this month amid the mounting turmoil surrounding the agency.
Barbara Canales, vice chairman of the CPRIT Foundation, says donors are kept confidential to protect them from being solicited by others.