Top fundraisers among elected offices statewide in Texas – Ballotpedia News

Campaign finance requirements govern the amount of money candidates can receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and the amount of contributions individuals, organizations, and political entities make to campaigns.

Although campaign finance is not the only factor in election results, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists the top fundraisers among office holders and candidates statewide in Texas, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that office holders and candidates for elected office statewide submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. It includes activity between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022.

Statewide political offices are usually offices in the executive and judicial branches of government rather than the legislature, and they most often represent all citizens of the state, rather than those of a district particular.

Top Texas Statewide Fundraisers by Party

Major fundraisers among office holders and candidates statewide in Texas are shown below. Individuals are shown with the office for which they are on the ballot in 2022, if applicable. If no office is listed, the person held and was not on the ballot in 2022.

Within the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers during the last semi-annual reporting period were:

  • Beto O’Rourke (Governor) – $31,844,328
  • Jay Kleberg (Lands Commissioner) – $1,434,388
  • Mike Collier (Lieutenant Governor) – $1,358,190
  • Rochelle Garza (Attorney General) – $971,981
  • Joe Jaworski (Attorney General) – $593,236

Within the Republican Party, the top fundraisers during the last semi-annual reporting period were:

  • Greg Abbott (Governor) – $30,018,811
  • Dan Patrick (Lieutenant Governor) – $6,252,091
  • Eva Guzman (Attorney General) – $4,223,448
  • George P. Bush (Attorney General) – $4,189,399
  • Donald Huffines (Governor) – $4,110,817

Fundraising Totals

Overall, Democratic elected officials and candidates raised $37.2 million during that time. Republican elected officials and candidates raised $60.6 million. Combined, all office holders and nominees statewide during the filing period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022 raised $97.9 million.

The top five Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 97% of all fundraising for Democratic office holders and candidates statewide. The top five Republican fundraisers were responsible for 81% of all fundraising for Republican office holders and candidates statewide.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports of the top 10 fundraisers during this period.

TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – OFFICE HOLDERS AND CANDIDATES STATEWIDE IN TEXAS (January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022)
Last name Party Affiliation Wanted office Raised Spent
Beto O’Rourke Democratic Party Governor $31,844,328 $12,154,146
Governor Greg Abbott Republican Party Governor $30,018,811 $49,608,521
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Republican Party Lieutenant Governor $6,252,091 $4,500,420
Eva Guzman Republican Party Attorney General $4,223,448 $3,677,443
Commissioner of Natural Resources George P. Bush Republican Party Attorney General $4,189,399 $7,355,794
Donald Huffines Republican Party Governor $4,110,817 $13,126,027
Attorney General Ken Paxton Republican Party Attorney General $3,580,265 $7,626,255
Sarah Stogner Republican Party Board of Railways 2,000 $124
Dawn Buckingham Republican Party Land commissioner $1,542,046 $3,065,708
Jay Kleberg Democratic Party Land commissioner $1,434,388 $1,436,124

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above is based on campaign finance reports that PAC candidates have submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any time, including past and current office holders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data after major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require registrants to submit additional reports.

Report name Report due date
2022 Jan Semi-Annual 01/18/2022
2022 Pre-primary (30 days) 01/31/2022
2022 Pre-primary (8 days) 02/22/2022
Primary runoff 2022 05/16/2022
2022 Jul Semester 07/15/2022
Pre-general 2022 (30 days) 10/11/2022
Pre-general 2022 (8 days) 31/10/2022
2022 half-year data 01/17/2023

This article is a joint publication of Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, which work together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.

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