Campaign reports show that Robin Hayes received $2,100 from Texan Dr James Leininger, known as "God's Sugar Daddy" and $2,100 from Cecelia Leininger his wife 11/03/2006. Leininger and Bob Perry are the top two Republican donors in Texas. What is it about these Texas right-wing zealots and North Carolina Congressional races?
Leininger's influence in Texas politics and, schools in particular, is documented in a chapter called James Leininger: Sugar Daddy of the Religious Right in a report, "The Anatomy of Power: Texas and the Religious Right in 2006", by the Texas Freedom Network.
Like Art Pope in North Carolina, Leininger doesn't just finance Republican causes, he actively supports those candidates who agree with his hard-right views and targets moderates for removal. He started the Texas Public Policy Foundation, not unlike the John Locke Foundation, a conservative state think-tank modeled on the Heritage Foundation. Like JLF the TPPF has spin-offs like the Texas Justice Foundation and multiple "Policy Centers". Leininger has a penchant for forming PACs with innocuous names, largely funded by himself, that are used to influence specific issues or races.
The issue, if not obsession, that is closest to Leininger's heart is school vouchers while others are the related issues of abortion, abstinence, christian schools and control of the Texas State Board of Education. A recent research article by Mediatransparency.com shows how Leininger has "spent millions trying to buy political power in Texas".
A blog by Vince Leibowitz at capitolannex.com from which the above photo comes from talks about Leininger's Texans for School Choice PAC 2006 pro-voucher campaign also described in an AP article in the Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram