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UT Southwestern and the $30,000 Velvet Creme Popcorn Donor Recognition Gifts

Scandal or nonprofit business as usual?

In one of the more unusual expense items found by CBS 11, Wildenthal [the President of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas] spent more than $30,000 in donor's money to mail order gifts from the Velvet Crème Popcorn Company in Kansas. Wildenthal described his last two annual popcorn orders on expense reports as "seasonal donor recognition gifts".

UT Southwestern replies:

All of the expenditures questioned by CBS 11 and its “experts,” without exception, are totally legal, ethical, appropriate and in conformance with UT Southwestern, UT System and State of Texas policies and regulations.