Business Groups Try To Counter Tea Party Clout In Texas

AUSTIN (January 5, 2014) An alliance of 10 major business trade groups is supporting traditional Republicans in the upcoming Texas GOP primaries i hopes of countering the influence of anti-government and tea party groups.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that the Texas Future Business Alliance has started to make donations and is sending out mailers.

The group is supporting Republican candidates who during last year's legislative session backed increasing state spending for water infrastructure development, highway construction and public education.

Some of those state lawmakers and other leaders now face challenges from the right in the March primaries.

The alliance encompasses 10 business organizations, including the chemical industry, bankers, builders and contractors.

The effort comes in response to fiscally conservative groups that have backed tea party primary candidates who fiercely oppose growing the size of government.

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