Farris & Jo Ann Wilks live in Cisco, Texas, a small town between Abilene and Fort Worth. Farris and his brother Dan founded Frac Tech, an oil and gas fracking company which they sold in 2011. The Wilks brothers come from humble beginnings, as the sons of a small town bricklayer.
Farris and Jo Ann Wilks topped the list of individual political donors in Texas by giving $2,432,484.24 to various candidates and PACs.
Here’s an overview of Farris & Jo Ann Wilks’ giving from the last election cycle:
|Farris & Jo Ann Wilks – A Closer Look|
|Total Number of Donations||45|
|Average Donation Amount||$54,055.21|
|Donations to Republicans||$795,234.24|
|Donations to Democrats||$0|
|Donations to Texas House Candidates||$615,234.24|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas House Candidates||25.29%|
|Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||$25,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||1.03%|
|Donations to Statewide Candidates||$155,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Statewide Candidates||6.37%|
|Donations to Advocacy Groups||$1,637,250|
|Percentage of Donations to Advocacy Groups||67.31%|
|Donations Given Inside Home District||$258,984.24|
|Percentage of Donations Inside Home District||10.65%|
|Donations Given Outside Home District||$2,173,500|
|Percentage of Donations Outside Home District||89.35%|
Key takeaways from Mr. & Mrs. Wilks’ giving:
Most interesting donation:
Mr. and Mrs. Wilks’ most interesting donation is unquestionably the one they never made. Virtually every other major political donor in Texas contributed to Governor Greg Abbott’s campaign war chest in the past two years, but not the Wilks. While supporting other statewide candidates, such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the lack of contributions to Gov. Abbott is distinguishable from other political donors of the Wilks’ level and sends the strong signal that they may not be impressed with the Governor’s performance thus far.
Our A Closer Look series provides a breakdown of a particular donor’s giving habits within Texas politics. We specifically analyze to whom money is given and when, providing context so citizens can determine the motivation behind the donor’s giving. Stay tuned for the next installment.