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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who has received $465,000 for his state races from Houston venture capitalist Charles Tate, says he didn’t name Tate to a state cancer research board as pay-back for his contributions. Tate has also given, after refunds, a net of $5,000 to Dewhurst’s ongoing campaign for the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst appointed Tate to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which is funded by $3 billion in state bonds.
Dewhurst spokesman Mike Walz defended Tate as a merit appointment, saying “Charles Tate was one of the first appointments made to the CPRIT board back in 2008, and he was asked to serve because of his impeccable business credentials and extensive experience with medical research and biotechnology funding.” Tate also serves on the board which oversees investing of the University of Texas’s endowment, and on the board of visitors at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
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