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Castro Burnishes Star Selling San Antonio Preschool Tax

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro knew his plan to raise sales taxes to expand preschool for the poor required a full-court press, and he knew who his team would be.

For three years, the 38-year-old Democrat had lunched monthly with about 15 executives, a gathering nicknamed the Billionaire’s Club. One member, Peter Holt, owner of the National Basketball Association’s Spurs and a $500,000 contributor to Republican Governor Rick Perry, this year ordered repeated advertisements during games pushing the levy. Castro’s plan passed with 54 percent of the vote Nov. 6.