A Closer Look

Our A Closer Look series provides a breakdown of a particular donor’s giving habits within Texas politics. We specifically analyze to whom money is given and when, providing context so citizens can determine the motivation behind the donor’s giving. Stay tuned for the next installment.


A Closer Look – Steve & Amber Mostyn

Ultra-liberal power couple Steve and Amber Mostyn have long been some of the biggest players in Texas politics. They are founders of the eponymous Mostyn Law Firm located in Houston which specializes in suing insurance companies over storm-related claims. In fact, in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Ike, after Steve Mostyn settled a class… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – George Soros

Hedge fund billionaire, George Soros, is well-known for his leftist political activism around the globe, but you might be surprised to learn that he was one of the top political donors in Texas in the 2016 election cycle. Mr. Soros made no political donations in Texas during the primary season, but catapulted himself into the… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – Farris & Jo Ann Wilks

Farris & Jo Ann Wilks live in Cisco, Texas, a small town between Abilene and Fort Worth. Farris and his brother Dan founded Frac Tech, an oil and gas fracking company which they sold in 2011. The Wilks brothers come from humble beginnings, as the sons of a small town bricklayer. Farris and Jo Ann Wilks… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – Robert McNair

As owner of the Houston Texans NFL franchise, Robert C. “Bob” McNair is a household name across much of the state. Founder of the cogeneration energy company CoGen Technologies, Mr. McNair regularly ranks among Texas’ wealthiest citizens. Although he sold the company in 1999, he still retains ownership of power plants in West Virginia and New York. In… CONTINUE


A Closer Look: Richard Weekley

Richard Weekley is a co-founder of Weekley Homes and co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR), a statewide tort reform organization. Since the 1990s, TLR has won hard-fought legislative victories, including preventing trial lawyers from “shopping” for juries. Supporters of TLR and Mr. Weekley himself have argued these efforts made Texas more business-friendly… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – Charles Butt

Charles Butt is Chairman and CEO of grocery store chain HEB and is listed by Forbes as both the richest man in his hometown of San Antonio and among America’s billionaires. Though he has no children of his own, he considers supporting public schools among his highest priorities. He gave $1,975,500 to Texas candidates and… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – John Nau

A Houston resident, John L. Nau III, is the President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, the largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in the United States. In addition to his political interests, Mr. Nau is an avid American history buff and serves as chair of the Texas Historical Commission. Through 95 contributions, Mr. Nau gave… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – Peter & Juliana Holt

Residing near San Antonio, Peter and Juliana Holt own HoltCAT, the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States, as well as Spurs Sports & Entertainment (which owns five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, WNBA San Antonio Stars, AHL Rampage, and the NBA Development Team Austin Spurs). Mr. Holt received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – Alice Walton

Wal-Mart heiress and Fort Worth resident Alice Walton is, according to Forbes, the wealthiest person in Texas and the richest woman in the world. Ms. Walton’s giving this cycle encompassed an interesting mix of candidates. Her $945,500 to Texas politics included four Democrat candidates, one moderate Republican in Texas House leadership, and several conservative challengers… CONTINUE


A Closer Look – James Pitcock, Jr.

Mr. James “Doug” Pitcock, Jr., 88, is President and CEO of Williams Brothers Construction Company and resides in Houston. His company is one of the largest highway and bridge contractors in the state, undertaking projects both in Texas and across the nation. Mr. Pitcock gave $1,218,000 in political contributions during the last cycle, making him… CONTINUE