Grassroots or Astroturf?

  • 2009–121
  • 2010–112
  • 2011–7
  • 2012–22
  • 2013–14
  • 2014–53
  • 2015–182
  • 2016–104
  • 2017–190
  • 2018–105
  • 2009 — $62,641
  • 2010–$85,886
  • 2011 — $907
  • 2012 — $106,978
  • 2013 — $1,178,753
  • 2014 — $2,806,973
  • 2015 — $854,679
  • 2016 — $534,590
  • 2017 — $2,269,908
  • 2018 — $3,589,571
  • 2009 — Jeff Sandefer: $50,000 (80% of the PAC total)
  • 2010 — Tim Dunn: $50,000 (58% of the PAC total)
  • 2011 — Jean McIver: $300 (33% of the PAC total)
  • 2012 — Tim Dunn: $67,000 (63% of the PAC total)
  • 2013 — Tim Dunn: $1,177,500 (99.9% of the PAC total)
  • 2014 — Tim Dunn: $2,781,000 (99% of the PAC total)
  • 2015 — Farris Wilks: $600,000 (70% of the PAC total)
  • 2016 — Farris Wilks: $222,000 (42% of the PAC total)
  • 2017 — Tim Dunn: $1,065,000 (47% of the PAC total)
  • 2018 — Tim Dunn: $2,155,000 (60% of the PAC total)

We don’t want any government involvement in our lives*

Restricting any actions we want to take

As those actions make us (the mega donors) money

And increase our (the mega donors) power

*Unless the government is imposing our religious beliefs onto others

  • Empower Texans PAC — $534,590
  • Empower Texans (Texans For Fiscal Responsibility) — $1,402,498
  • Empower Texans Foundation — $1,144,302
  • Texas Public Policy Foundation (Tim Dunn and other ET folks on the board) — $18,029,964
  • First Liberty Institute (Tim Dunn and Kyle Stallings on the board) — $8,033,823
  • Convention Of States Foundation aka Citizens For Self-Governance (Tim Dunn on the board) — $4,018,603
  • Lucy Burns Institute aka Ballotpedia (Tim Dunn on the board) — $4,318,964
  • WallBuilder Presentations (co-creators of the Project Blitz playbook, supported financially by Farris Wilks and his Thirteen Foundation) — $3,333,700
  • Prager University (not a real university, just a collection of online videos, supported financially by Farris Wilks and his Thirteen Foundation, as well as Dan Wilks and his Heavenly Fathers Foundation)

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Chris Tackett

Chris Tackett

I chart Texas Politics at christackettnow.com and write about things that matter (to me at least) whenever the muse hits.