This was Houston attorney Steve Mostyn’s answer when asked why he decided to make a second $1 million contribution last month to a Democratic super-political action committee supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election.
“There’s this false belief that Mitt Romney is a moderate cloaked in his party’s right-wing garb,” Mostyn said. “His selection of Paul Ryan pretty much shows that he’s really as conservative as he has been portraying himself to be.”
The Republican presidential nominee announced Ryan as his running mate on Aug. 11. Ryan addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 29, the same day Mostyn wired money to Priorities USA Action.
The next day, Mostyn’s wife and fellow attorney Amber, made a $500,000 contribution — her second in that amount — to House Majority PAC, a super-PAC helping Democrats win congressional seats. The Mostyns attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte as guests of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, which is where Bloomberg caught up with them.
Mostyn’s $1 million helped Priorities have its best month yet, logging $10.1 million in August. The super-PAC has raised $30.8 million overall. That’s about one-third of the $96.7 million Restore Our Future has collected in support of Romney’s campaign.
Steve Mostyn rivals Houston home builder and Republican giver Bob Perry when it comes to contributions in Texas politics. This year, the two are interested — and invested — in the presidential race.