Texas’s Rise of Fake Clinics Bankrolled by Billionaires
When a small number of extremely wealthy people fund the agendas of ultra conservative right-wing groups, politics within the Republican Party begin to shift further to the right.
In Texas, where Crisis Pregnancy Centers outnumber abortion providers 10 to 1, billionaires like Dan and Farris Wilks are funneling millions of dollars through nonprofit organizations to fund these religiously affiliated fake clinics.
Via their charitable foundations The Thirteen Foundation and Heavenly Father’s Foundation, The Wilks brothers have contributed not only to conservative campaigns and prominent organizations of the religious right, but have used the nonprofit foundations to donate over 5 million dollars to specifically anti-choice organizations that create and support fake clinics.
When a small number of extremely wealthy people fund the agendas of ultra conservative right-wing groups, politics within the Republican Party begin to shift further to the right. According to Dan Quinn, the director of the Texas Freedom Network, these massive contributions from megadonors have caused a “radicalization of politics on the right” that wouldn’t exist without the large contributions of just a few wealthy people.
Some examples of the types of projects that the Wilks brothers’ donations have funded include:
- a 2011 gift to Life Dynamics, a Texas-based anti-abortion group that used the money to bombard lawyers with mass-mailed DVDs encouraging them to sue abortion clinics “into oblivion”
- a 2012 donation to Media Revolution Ministries that allowed the organization to expand significantly from their previous year’s budget of $80,000 and intercept women seeking abortions online in an effort to divert them to fake clinics
- helping CPCs purchase ads on search terms like “abortion clinics,” a campaign designed to prevent people from accessing accurate and complete information and leading them to fake clinics’ websites
- a 2011 gift to Care Net, an anti-choice organization that operates many fake clinics and even refuses to recommend, provide, or refer single women for contraceptives
With ultra-conservative billionaires controlling whose agendas and which campaigns get funded, is it any wonder that reproductive rights in Texas are constantly under attack from the government? In the state of pay-to-play politics, it’s important to pull the curtain back and expose the reality of who’s really controlling legislation in Texas.
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