H+K walks away from Texas Cancer Institute contract

AUSTIN, TX: Hill+Knowlton Strategies has severed its contract with the Cancer and Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

AUSTIN, TX:  Hill+Knowlton Strategies has severed its contract with the Cancer and Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

The firm won the business in March. The organization chose H+K to implement a strategic communications program to increase awareness on the state and national levels about Texas' efforts to fight cancer.

However, the firm walked away from the $375,000 contract last week. The contract was supposed to last until August 31, 2013, said CPRIT spokeswoman Ellen Read.

“The ongoing issues and challenges that have confronted the organization over recent months have greatly exceeded the scope of work outlined by the initial contract,” says the letter, from H+K global vice chairman Mark McKinnon.

In other words, “they felt that we weren't paying them enough to continue on,” Read told PRWeek.

The institute's executive director resigned last week, and the organization is on the receiving end of a civil investigation by the state's attorney general about one of its contracts. It is also the focus of a criminal investigation by the Travis Country district attorney's office.

Plans are underway to find a new firm in the coming year, Read said.

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