For Immediate Release


Dave Levinthal, 202-354-0111

Center for Responsive Politics

Billionaire Wyly Brothers, Accused by Federal Government of Massive Fraud

Bankrolled More than 200 Republican Candidates, Committees

WASHINGTON - Charles Wyly Jr. and Samuel Wyly, Texas businessmen and brothers who
are among the nation's most generous donors to Republican political
candidates and causes, were today hit with a Securities and Exchange
Commission lawsuit accusing them of fraud worth hundreds of millions

Beneficiaries of Wyly
brothers cash together compose a who's who of the decade's most
notable Republicans, with dozens of top GOP partisans' campaign
coffers touched by Wyly

Together with their wives,
the Wyly brothers have donated nearly $2.5 million to more than 200
federal-level Republican candidates and committees during the
past 20 years, a Center for
Responsive Politics
analysis reveals.

To read the Center's full
report, click


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