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
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.