Election season is right around the corner and many candidates are already calling up their contact list trying to raise as much money as they can in order to defeat their opponents, and while the last couple of months were a bit hectic due to the special sessions, it seems like Texas politicians did not waste any time and already had quite the number of people writing checks.
In the race for Land Commissioner, State Sen. Dawn Buckingham has a fair advantage over heart surgeon Jon Spiers, who has only raised $8,100 USD. The Senator is already close to getting $80,000 USD for her campaign.
On the agricultural commissioner side, the incumbent, Sid Miller, is in no rush to fund his campaign, reports show that he has only raised the modest quantity of $11,760 USD.
The battle for Attorney General is where things start to get interesting, with 5 names already on the ring the amount of money each candidate can raise will definitely make a difference. Incumbent Ken Paxton reported $38,890 USD in contributions this last month, including a $20,000 USD donation made by Richard Wells.
Former Texas Supreme Court Justice, Eva Guzman, raised $192,911 USD this last month, and current Land Commissioner George P. Bush got himself $157,662 USD with $6,040 as an in-kind contribution.
The Lt. Governor race has only two confirmed candidates so far, with Dan Patrick running for reelection and Democrat Mike Collier as the primary challenger. Patrick managed to raise $127,280 USD these past weeks, with some very colorful names among his donors including $25,000 each from R. Holt Lunsford & Cary Patterson, $10,000 each from Ethel Rangel, Mike Gruber & Trump’s Save America PAC.
Mike Collier registered 1218 small donations that amount to $56,943.82 USD
Speaker of the House Dade Phelan already began his money tour, and got himself close to $100,000 USD already, with top donors being Thomas D. Williams, The Real Estate Council of Austin, Inc. Good Government PAC, and Sam L. Susser contributing with $25,000 USD each. Political Action Committee Texas Aggregates & Concrete Assn. also donated over $10,000 USD to Phelan’s campaign.
The governor run is where things start to get crowded, we already know from previous reports that Gov. Gregg Abbot is joining the race with a huge war chest of around $55 million dollars. Abbot’s most recent contribution report is not yet available, but we’re pretty sure that Abbott will also be adding an interest amount to his bank account.
Don Huffines reported raising $128,000, with the large sum of $100,000 donated by one single person, a man named Guy Mabee. Former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West is yet to file his report and last but not least, Youtube star Chad Prather reported raising $14,303 USD