Don Huffines gave $150K to ‘dark money’ group, which then attacked his brother’s GOP primary opponent, Angela Paxton

Don Huffines gave $150K to 'dark money' group, which then attacked his brother's GOP primary opponent, Angela Paxton

Lauren McGaughy, Texas Government Reporter

DALLAS — Sen. Don Huffines made a six-figure donation to a shadowy nonprofit weeks before it trashed fellow Republican and Senate hopeful Angela Paxton.

Huffines, R-Dallas, gave the American Liberty Network$150,000 in January, the only donation from a politician it received all year, according to ethics filings. Soon after, the group’s Texas chapter sent mailers and made robocalls attacking Paxton and her husband, Attorney General Ken Paxton.

At the time, Angela Paxton was locked in a brutal Republican primary race for the Senate District 8 seat with Huffines’ twin brother, Phillip. Despite these attacks and the $8.4 million that Phillip Huffines spent, Angela Paxton won the party’s nomination with 54.4 percent of the vote.

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