Austin rodeo fundraising a focus in 21CT criminal probe

Criminal investigators looking into Texas’ no-bid contract with Austin tech firm 21CT are now delving into allegations that the former state official in charge of billions of dollars in technology contracts abused her position when she urged companies vying for state business to donate to her favorite charity: Rodeo Austin.

The 4-month-old investigation now includes allegations of pay-to-play activity by Karen Robinson, the former executive director of the Department of Information Resources and a volunteer fundraiser for Austin’s annual Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, three people close the investigation told the American-Statesman. FULL STORY