Meet Farris Wilks

Farris Wilks (Cisco, Texas) is a fracking billionaire, a pastor,

and the biggest individual donor in Texas state politics.

Wilks' money

Farris Wilks and his brother Dan sold their business, FracTech, in 2011. The brothers are estimated to be worth ~$1.5 billion each. The Wilks brothers are among the top landowners in Montana and in Idaho.

Wilks' church

Farris Wilks is the pastor of a church in Cisco, Texas, where women are expected to "keep silence" and where Wilks has preached against homosexuality. 

Wilks' businesses

The Wilks brothers are founders of Dallas-based Equify, and Cisco-based Wilks Development.  As of 2017, they owned 12% of a Canadian fracking company.

Farris Wilks is an owner of Forward Publishing, which in turn is an owner of conservative website The Daily Wire.

Wilks' political giving

Farris & JoAnn Wilks have pumped $3.76 million into Texas politics since 2015. That money goes to three PACs and almost three dozen candidates for office.


In 2015, Farris and his brother Dan gave $800,000 to 21 Texas legislators, all of whom voted to overturn Denton's fracking ban. They also put $15 million into a Ted Cruz Super PAC.

Wilks is also financially active in Montana and California state politics.

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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