Texas politics is all spin.
But nobody is spinning harder this year than the team for the Money Man from Midland.
Oilman and private-school sugar daddy Tim Dunn is financing many of the attacks against local state Senate candidate Todd Smith of Euless, state Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller, and state House candidates Roger Fisher of Bedford and Susan Todd of Fort Worth, all Republicans.
Tarrant County is not his only target.
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With a week left to sling mud, Dunn and his twin advocacy groups, Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, are using mailers and e-mails to lash out against The Dallas Morning News, two of the state's most prominent Republican consultants, Keller City Hall and, as usual, public schools.
In other words, Dunn's special-interest guns have gone after nearly everybody in Texas except Gov. Rick Perry, the Tea Party, and one East Texas freshman lawmaker who was warned as a schoolteacher to cut out profanity and sexual discussions in class.
Naturally, he ran for the Legislature.
Dunn's murky network of poison-pen authors never like anyone who also likes public education.
That caught the eye of Dallas parent Kim Burkett, who writes for her school-principal husband's public school blog, "Educate for Texas."
Her current commentary accuses the Dunn family and Empower Texans of using "fiscal responsibility" as an excuse to cut public schools -- in favor of private-school vouchers that would divert $5,000 or more per student to the Dunn-founded Midland Classical Academy.
The headline: "Pulling Back the Curtain on Empower Texans' Crusade Against Public Education."
Dunn, a Sunday school teacher at Midland Bible Church, launched the school next door in 1997 and chose the curriculum he was using as a home-school parent, according to a 2001 report in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
"There's a war on education going on right now, and I think it's enlightening to look at who's behind it," Burkett, a marketing professional, said by phone Tuesday.
Dunn's groups -- governed mostly by his own relatives -- support taxpayer "savings grant" vouchers that would enrich those church schools accepting grant students.
"But their agenda is wrapped up behind talk about 'fiscal responsibility' and the Tea Party," she said.
Dunn's groups often seem to oppose candidates supported by an Austin-based political action committee, the Texas Parent PAC.
By phone, Parent PAC spokesman Carolyn Boyle said: "All I know is that there was no voter mandate in 2011 to go to Austin and cut the funding for the public schools, and yet that's what happened."
The mystery leads to Midland.
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