AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW/AP) – Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott of a “cover up” involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor’s race.
Davis said Monday that her opponent failed as a watchdog over Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund. A state audit last week revealed the fund awarded roughly $172 million in taxpayer dollars to companies that never submitted applications.READ MORE: Texas Experiencing Another COVID-19 Surge
Over a decade ago, newspapers had requested documents showing how the Governor’s office was making decisions on which companies to give money to and they requested access to see the applications.
Texas Attorney General Gregg Abott’s office refused those requests, saying that they revealed sensitive corporate information.
It is now known that some of those applications never existed.
Aides to Abbott didn’t immediately return messages Monday.