On the Records: 2011's Top Political Donors

The 15 largest donors to Texas politicians and PACs gave a total of $4.7 million in the first six months of 2011, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of Texas Ethics Commission filings. The biggest beneficiary of their largesse: the Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee

Eleven of the top 15 were individuals or families, many of whom directed the bulk of their generosity to TLR. Harold Simmons of Dallas, the billionaire owner of Contran Corporation, donated more than $965,000 in total, more than any other individual or entity. Simmons also made the single largest contribution: $500 ...

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