An alliance of 10 major business trade groups is supporting traditional Republicans in upcoming Texas GOP primaries, hoping to counter the outsized influence of anti-government and tea party forces.
The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/Kt23cH ) that the Texas Future Business Alliance has begun making donations and sending out mailers.
It 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 are now facing 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.