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June 12, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
IN the last decade and a half, James Leininger figures, he has invested more than $100 million in a calculated bid to transform Texas. His money helped elect the three most powerful politicians in the Lone Star State: the governor, the lieutenant governor and the House speaker. It helped Republicans capture both houses of the Legislature in Austin for the first time in more than a century. It allowed business-friendly jurists to take over the Texas Supreme Court.
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June 12, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
IN the last decade and a half, James Leininger figures, he has invested more than $100 million in a calculated bid to transform Texas. His money helped elect the three most powerful politicians in the Lone Star State: the governor, the lieutenant governor and the House speaker. It helped Republicans capture both houses of the Legislature in Austin for the first time in more than a century. It allowed business-friendly jurists to take over the Texas Supreme Court.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Kinetic Concepts Inc. agreed to sell most of the company to two San Francisco investor firms in a deal worth $850 million to $875 million, allowing founder and Chairman James Leininger to cut his stake in the company. Kinetic Concepts, based in San Antonio, makes and rents therapeutic beds for patients who are paralyzed or suffer from serious illnesses. The agreement calls for Richard C. Blum & Associates and Fremont Partners to pay $19.25 a share, or 3.
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June 15, 2007
Re "What money can't buy," Column One, June 12 All James Leininger has been able to do with his $100-million investment to transform Texas is help elect the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker, put Republicans in charge of the Legislature and the state Board of Education and allow business-friendly judges to take over the Texas Supreme Court. But he has failed to get a school voucher program. How reassuring it is to know that money can't buy everything in politics. JAMES FREED Santa Monica I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of Jonah Goldberg's June 12 Op-Ed column, "Do away with public schools," and the Column One on Leininger's so-far failed attempts to get the Texas Legislature to pass a voucher program.
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September 1, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold
As Rick Perry's presidential campaign moves forward, he is devoting enormous energy to wooing religious conservatives, including participating last weekend in a two-day retreat with evangelical leaders on a remote Texas ranch. The meeting received little public attention, though the 200 or so in attendance included luminaries of the Christian right such as Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, California pastor Jim Garlow, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Washington-area Bishop Harry Jackson, who presides over one of the largest African American churches on the East Coast.
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September 2, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
On a remote ranch more than 70 miles west of Austin, Texas, top evangelical leaders from around the country assembled last weekend for a private two-day retreat. It wasn't a religious revival that drew the group of 200, which included luminaries of the Christian right; it was the chance to hear the personal testimony of one man: Rick Perry. Inside an air-conditioned tent, the Texas governor and Republican presidential contender was grilled about his beliefs and his record in extraordinarily frank sessions.
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July 14, 1999 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George W. Bush stunned the political world last month by announcing that he had raised a record $36 million in his race for the Republican presidential nomination. It wasn't the first time the Texas governor set new standards for campaign cash. In two statewide elections, Bush raised $41 million--more than any candidate for governor in history.
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