Keep the Promise, a super PAC that supports Sen. Ted Cruz‘s bid for president, just received a $15 million gift– bringing its total to $38 million. The $15 million comes from two ultra conservative billionaire Texas brothers, Farris Wilks and Dan Wilks. The first thing Farris Wilks would like people to know, according to his website, is that he “did not intend to become a billionaire.” So much for intentions: the Wilks brothers sold their company, Frac Tech, in 2011 for $3.5 billion — to a Singapore-based company.
The Wilks brothers earned their billions from modest beginnings, designing and building high tech equipment to service the booming fracking industry. Farris Wilks, 63, has been married for 41 years and has 11 children. He’s a pastor in Cisco, the Texas town where he lives and raised his children. He has “concern for our nation and the direction that it is headed” and that’s what spurs his political donations.