One of the country’s top donors to the Democrat Party has been found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CBS News reported that Democrat mega-donor Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer and one of the largest supporters of liberal candidates and causes, died at the age of 46 in an apparent suicide after dealing with “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” according to his wife.
Steve Mostyn, a trial lawyer who is believed to have contributed millions to pro-Clinton causes and super-PACs, was found dead in his Houston home on Nov. 15. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled that Mr. Mostyn’s death was a suicide.
As a professional, most of Mr. Mostyn’s fortune came from representing homeowners who sued insurance companies, especially after major hurricanes destroyed their homes.
During President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, Mr. Mostyn, his wife, and his Houston-based law firm donated nearly $5 million to the Democrat Party and its candidates, making them the 10th largest political donors in the United States. Last year, they gave $3.5 million, making them the 64th largest nationwide – albeit that does not take into consideration outside donations made to Super PACs and independent groups that supported candidates such as Hillary Clinton.
His wife called him “a devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities,” adding that “he was a true friend, and a faithful fighter for those who did not have a voice.”
The Democrat supporter also gave generously to Texas Democrats, including many of the party’s top voices in the legislature. An ardent critic of former Gov. Rick Perry (R), Mostyn bankrolled the Back to Basics group that supported former Houston Mayor Bill White’s unsuccessful attempt to defeat Mr. Perry.
Among other things, Mr. Mostyn co-founded the Ready for Hillary PAC, which helped launch the Democrat candidate’s campaign for the White House. In 2015, a government watchdog, The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), urged the Federal Election Commission to investigate this organization for illegal coordination between the Clinton campaign and the PAC. The watchdog group wanted to determine whether or not that campaign illegally accessed an email list of 4 million names from the Ready for Hillary group.
“FACT asserts that the list swap should be considered an in-kind donation – which would constitute illegal coordination between the campaign and PAC,” read an article from The Daily Caller.
Post-election, Mr. Mostyn remarked that he was scaling back on his politics and wanted to spend more time with his family, which included his wife, a 16-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter.
“People say I’m not here to do the politics, and I say we’re slowing down on a lot of things,” he said. “We’re just a little bit slowing down. We were running pretty hard for 20, 25 years.”
“We’re at the point where you’re running, running, running, and you look up one day and you say we’re doing fine, but are we really enjoying the things we want to be enjoying?” he added.
This major political player succumbed to complications from a mental illness. Should mental health be a priority in America?
Mr. Mostyn’s death, caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sent a jolt through Texas politics in both parties and left Democrats in the area without one of their most passionate supporters. A date has not yet been determined for his Celebration of Life ceremony.
Regardless of politics, suicide is always a tragedy. Hopefully, the Mostyn family will recover from this unfortunate loss in good time.