The biggest donors in the early race for the White House weren’t the Koch brothers. But they are brothers — and they too are in the oil and gas business.Together, Farris and Dan Wilks poured $15 million into the campaign in summer 2015. That was more than any single donor. And all of that went to super PACs for Ted Cruz.
They’ve pledge to sink $1 billion into the election through their political network when it’s all said and done. But the Wilks brothers have a decidedly milder persona.
The Wilks are also deeply religious, which they say is why they’re supporting Ted Cruz. The brothers list abortion and gay marriage as top issues — along with small government. They told CNN, they want “A leader that will stand up for biblical morals.”
The Wilks gave a large part of the early money raised for Cruz. Almost all of the $38 million raised for his super PACs came from the Wilks and two other donors: Robert Mercer and Toby Neugebauer. Each of them gave at least $10 million.