Statesman Investigates: State Contract Scandal
While he was brokering a multimillion-dollar state contract for Austin technology company 21CT, then-state health official Jack Stick was promoting 21CT’s software to other states, assisting the company’s growth plans and seemed poised to take an executive position with the firm, a former 21CT lobbyist told the American-Statesman.
“They thought that he was going to come over and run it, make it big, take it public,” said lobbyist James Frinzi, who is also Stick’s one-time business partner and who was fired by 21CT last week.
The story so far
Following several American-Statesman stories investigating a lucrative, no-bid state contract with Austin tech company 21CT, two top state health officials have resigned and a pending $90 million deal with the company was canceled. State officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, called last week for investigations into the deal. On Friday, the state auditor announced an investigation in conjunction with the anti-public corruption unit at the Travis County district attorney’s office.