Texas GOP lost three sugar daddies in 2014

Via the Statesman, Texas Republicans lose 3 major donors in 2013.

The deaths last year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died last weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation’s largest GOP stronghold.

Harold Simmons, whose business interests ranged from energy to nuclear waste dumps, helped transform Texas from a Democrat-controlled state in the 1970s to a Republican stronghold by the turn of the century. Simmons’ death Saturday came after Republicans also lost home builder Bob Perry in April and businessman Leo Linbeck Jr. in June. For decades, all three helped bankroll political campaigns both in Texas and nationwide.

The Simmons and Perry names were usually littered through most Texas GOP donor lists. Perry pretty much bankrolled Larry Gonzales’ run against Democrat Diana Maldonado in 2010.

Brains and Eggs points out that the heirs to these fortunes are not likely to keep giving as their fathers did, And Harold Simmons makes three.

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