THE WEST TEXAS BILLIONAIRE

BUYING TEXAS 

Texas’ most extreme politics are driven by a billionaire from West Texas and a group of PACs he supports. Here’s how he's doing it.

WILKS IS BUYING POLITICIANS TO PUSH A RADICAL POLITICAL AGENDA AT ODDS WITH MOST TEXANS’ VALUES

Wilks, his brother, and their PACs have spent $6 million in direct contributions to 2018 Texas Legislature House and Senate campaigns as of July 2018

THESE POLITICIANS HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING SHARES OF THEIR 2018 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM THE WILKSES AND THEIR PACS

Sen. Bob Hall

SD-2 Rockwall

Sen. Konni Burton

SD-10 Colleyville

Angela Paxton

SD-8 Plano

Sen. Don Huffines

SD-16 Dallas

Pete Flores

SD-19 Pleasanton

Rep. Cole Hefner

HD-5 Mount Pleasant

Rep. Matt Shaheen

HD-66 Plano

Rep. Matt Schaefer

HD-6 Tyler

Rep. Jeff Leach

HD-67 Plano

Rep. Matt Krause

HD-93 Fort Worth

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

HD-94 Arlington

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Deanna Metzger

HD-107 Garland

Jonathan Boos

HD-113 Richardson

Steve Toth

HD-15 The Woodlands

Rep. Mike Lang

HD-60 Granbury

Rep. Kyle Biedermann

HD-73 Fredericksburg

Rep. Jonathan Stickland

HD-92 Bedford

Rep. Bill Zedler

HD-96 Arlington

Jared Patterson

HD-106 Frisco

Lisa Luby Ryan

HD-114 Dallas

Rep. Matt Rinaldi

HD-115 Farmers Branch

Rep. Valoree Swanson

HD-150 Spring

Rep. Briscoe Cain

HD-128 Richardson

Attorney General Ken Paxton

$2,051,000

since 2014

(including $1m loan, 2014 AG primary runoff)

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

$1,458,000

since 2014

(including $300k loan, 2014 Lt. Gov. primary runoff)

The percentages above are calculated as publicly reported funds received from Farris & Dan Wilks and their PACs as of October 2018, as a percentage of overall funds raised in the 2018 campaign cycle. 

These numbers will be updated after each new campaign filing deadline.

 

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All campaign finance data sourced from candidate and PAC filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.

This website was inspired by recent reporting on this subject and was made by concerned Texans. 

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