An investigation into the potential identity and motive of the man who emailed violent threats to The Dallas Express has shown that the alleged suspect’s family are longtime donors to key local Democrat politicians, potentially revealing an animus towards The Dallas Express‘ refusal to become a far-left publication.
As previously reported, the paper received numerous violent threats that targeted not only certain people associated with the organization but also the floor of the building where The Dallas Express offices are.
“You are going to die,” the individual said, adding, “Your children and all of those you hold dear will die.”
Another email asked, “How badly do you want someone to hunt and slaughter you and your family?”
These threats were linked to a local Dallas resident named Chris Reader, the son of a local roofing contractor, Mr. Doug Reader, who had successfully won bids for several government buildings in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, including the Dallas Convention Center and the Collin County Justice Center.
Chris Reader works for his father, Doug Reader, as in-house counsel to R&B Roofing, according to documents retrieved from the Federal Elections Commission. His brother, Jonathan Reader, also works for the company as a manager.
Together, the three Readers have contributed nearly $23,000 to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, according to finance reports reviewed by The Dallas Express. Reader’s mother, Marsha Gordon, also donated more than $13,000, bringing the sum of donations from the family to Allred to over $36,000.
In addition to the extensive donations to Allred, the family has also donated to Democrats Sen. Raphael Warnock, Hillary Clinton, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, and Joe Biden. Their other local donations include to former Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Michael Collier, former Democratic candidate for governor and former sheriff of Dallas County Lupe Valdez, and the Texas Democratic Party, according to campaign finance disclosures.
The alleged threats have been reported to the Highland Police Department, the Farmers Branch Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Dallas Express reached out to Rep. Collin Allred’s office for comment but did not receive a reply prior to publication.