Saturday, July 25, 2015

WOW, Paging the Koch Bothers: Two Texas Billionaire Brothers Gave Ted Cruz $15 Million!

Ted Cruz is officially on the Farris wheel.

Farris and Dan Wilks, two billionaire brothers from Texas, have donated a whopping $15 million to Sen. Ted Cruz’s super PAC, setting a new record for the largest contribution so far in the 2016 race. The Wilks brothers made their billions in the West Texas fracking boom and sold their company, Frac Tech, for $3.5 billion in 2011. “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks told CNN. “Unless we elect a principled conservative leader ready to stand up for our values, we’ll look back on what once was the land of opportunity and pass on a less prosperous nation to our children and grandchildren. That’s why we need Ted Cruz.”

It looks like Rand blew this one, also, even though he was aiming directly at this warmongering sector of the Evangelical movement. The Wilks brothers are connected to David Lane, who arranged Rand's Israel trip. From The Prospect:
Last June [2013], presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Ted Cruz traveled to Iowa for an event convened by David Lane, a political operative who uses pastors to mobilize conservative Christian voters.

Lane is a Christian-nation extremist who believes the Bible should be a primary textbook in America’s public schools, and that any politician who disagrees should be voted out. Lane’s events are usually closed to the media, but he has given special access to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s sympathetic David Brody. Brody’s coverage of the Iowa event included short video clips of comments by brothers Farris and Dan Wilks, who were identified only as members of Lane’s Pastors and Pews group.

CBN’s Brody reported: “The Wilks brothers worry that America’s declining morals will especially hurt the younger generation, so they’re using the riches that the Lord has blessed them with to back specific goals.” One of those goals may be David Lane’s insistence that politicians make the Bible a primary textbook in public schools.


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