One of the largest Democrat financial contributors in the country, Steve Mostyn passed away by suicide at his home in Houston at the age of 46. Mostyn was a very successful Texas lawyer and deeply involved in the Democratic Party in Texas and around the country. He and his wife donated millions of dollars over time and helped make strategic decisions for the party, per NYT.
News of his unexpected passing comes only 2 months after Mostyn signaled that he wanted to scale down his political activities to focus on his family. His son is 16 and daughter is 10 and they have recently become active in various activities and Mostyn wanted to ween out of political activities to focus on his children, according to a recent interview.
Mostyn’s death was ruled suicide via a gunshot to the head, according to a New York Times report. His wife, Amber, claims he was suffering from a “sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.”
The Mostyns gave over $16.1 million dollars to the Democratic party between 2012 and 2016. Per The New York Times:
The Mostyns had also been major donors at the national level. They gave nearly $3.5 million to candidates for federal office in the 2016 election, making them the 64th-largest donors in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Every cent went to Democrats.
Mr. Mostyn also gave two contributions of $1 million each to Priorities USA Action, a Democratic “super PAC” that supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, according to the center’s outreach coordinator, Brendan Quinn.
Mostyn’s suicide shocked many close to him, as he showed no signs of being suicidal when interviewing with The Texas Tribune in September, only 2 months prior to his death. Mostyn stated in his interview:
“We’re just a little bit slowing down…I want to go watch Friday night football with my son and go to my little girl’s swim meets. 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?”
Mostyn’s death comes in the midst of several scandals that have surfaced in the Democratic Party, including Donna Brazile’s claim that Hillary’s nomination was rigged against Bernie Sanders, the Bombshell that the DNC & Hillary camp funded the Fake Russian Dossier, and new revelations surrounding the Uranium One Deal which may need a full Special Counsel investigation.
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