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Resource ID: #28914
Subject: State Spending
Source: Shannon Najmabadi, Jay Root, Dave Harmon
Affiliation: The Texas Tribune
Date: February 7, 2019; October 9, 2019; November 18, 2019

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For nearly a year, the Texas Tribune’s Shannon Najmabadi and Jay Root have been on the hunt for records detailing the state’s spending on Gov. Greg Abbott’s 2019 inauguration. From a source, they obtained a program and fundraising solicitation for the celebration. The documents revealed that dozens of influential corporations and individuals — AT&T Corporation; H-E-B grocery; a handful of political appointees — had donated thousands of dollars for front-row access during the festivities — and, perhaps, beyond.
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