Republican megadonor Harold Simmons last year declared President Barack Obama the "most dangerous American alive."
And ahead of the 2012 election, the Texas billionaire who died in December had gained notoriety for personally bankrolling Democrat-bashing super PACs such as American Crossroads and pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future with tens of millions of dollars.
At the same time, however, Simmons was quietly contributing chunks of his massive fortune to decidedly liberal political forces, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of new filings with the Internal Revenue Service by Simmons' private charitable foundation.
In 2012, the Harold Simmons Foundation — which was headed by Simmons and funded by his wealth, but controlled by two of his daughters — gave Planned Parenthood Federation of America $200,000 and Planned Parenthood of North Texas $101,750, IRS filings show.
The foundation also approved $800,000 in future grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and $300,000 to Planned Parenthood of North Texas, records indicate.
Furthermore, Public Campaign, a nonpartisan outfit "dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics," received $350,000 from the Harold Simmons Foundation for a "campaign finance reform project." It's due another $250,000 in future cash, records show.