Steve Mostyn, Clinton mega-donor, dies from gunshot wound to head

November 21, 2017

Steve Mostyn, Clinton mega-donor, dies from gunshot wound to head Marc Nozell / CCL

The number of people connected to former-President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary who die under mysterious circumstances has reached shocking levels. It’s even become an internet meme; when Donna Brazile came clean about her role in Hillary’s theft of the Democratic primaries, for instance, rueful jokes filled social media about Brazile’s impending suicide.

Another name has been added to the Clinton-connected list of untimely deaths. Mega-donor and multimillionaire trial lawyer J. Steve Mostyn was found dead last week after what his wife calls a “sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.”

A Solid Democrat

Mostyn was a well-known Texas Democrat. The Texas party chairman called him “big, bold, fearless, and caring,” and said Mostyn “dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.” The successful litigator made most of his fortune by representing clients suing insurance companies for denied claims after hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The deep-pocketed attorney gave more to the Democratic Party in Texas than any other donor. In 2012, his family’s contribution totaled $4.5 million. In 2014, during the governor’s race, Mostyn donated almost $10 million, and in 2016 the overall donation dropped to $1.8 million, but was still the largest contribution to the party by a Texan.

One candidate who benefited from Mostyn’s generosity is Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis, who filibustered the State legislature in an attempt to block a pro-life bill. The Texas lawyer also was a co-founder for the Ready for Hillary PAC and gave enough money to Clinton’s campaign to be awarded a seat at the strategy table for the Democratic Party in Texas.

Executive Director of Texans for Public Justice, Craig McDonald, tracks state campaign contributions in Texas and says that the death of Steve Mostyn created a “hole” in Democrat fundraising in the state. What’s more, McDonald says his firm doesn’t see any other Democrat in Texas who is willing and able to step up and fill that hole — leaving the Democrats with a much smaller budget than they enjoyed with Mostyn’s donations.

A Sad Ending

Mostyn’s wife Amber posted a statement on the law firm’s website addressing her husband’s suicide. From the statement:

Our family is heartbroken to confirm that Steve Mostyn ended his life on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father who adored his children and never missed a game.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed that Mostyn killed himself by a gunshot wound to the head.

Amber Mostyn also requested privacy for the family and encouraged anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Steve Mostyn was 46 and leaves two children behind.


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Kit Perez

Kit Perez is a Conservative Institute contributor. She is an intelligence analyst with a dual specialty in counterintelligence and HUMINT. She writes on national security, tech, and privacy issues. Kit has a B.A. in Counterintelligence and an M.A. in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.