'Uber-Wealthy' Texans Are Bankrolling the Rise of Fake Clinics Across the State - 2018-06-06
The Wilks family during the 2018 election cycle has made $1.9 million in campaign contributions to the Texas Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC), along with hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions to other conservative organizations, candidates, and lawmakers. Since 2014, the Wilks family has made more than $3 million in campaign contributions to the anti-choice Texas Right to Life PAC.
The Wilks brothers are among a few wealthy Texans who support the religious right by funneling donations through nonprofit foundations to religiously affiliated organizations and so-called crisis pregnancy centers, fake clinics that use anti-choice propaganda to try to trick people from seeking abortion services.
Fake clinics outnumber abortion clinics in Texas by a 10-to-1 margin, with more than 50 fake clinics getting state funding through the Alternatives to Abortion program, created by the Republican-held state legislature. State documents reviewed by Rewire.News revealed taxpayer-funded fake clinics have no measurable goals or oversight.