Runoff candidates who receive more than $1,890 from a single source on or after May 15 must disclose those contributions in daily pre-election reports (formerly known as telegram reports). These “late train” contributions typically come from a handful of major donors and go to “establishment” candidates, at least on the Republican side. This year was no exception.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville), Associated Republicans of Texas PAC, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and the Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC combined have contributed over $1M to runoff candidates since May 15.
AG (Lean R): Challenger George P. Bush (R) reported an additional $209K in four daily reports, including contributions from Dallas energy executive Kelcy Warren ($50K), former President George W. Bush ($25K), Glen Rose rancher Bobby Hill ($25K), Houston investor Steven Webster ($25K), Midland executive Tripp Womack ($15K), Little Rock (Ark.) retiree William Carlton ($10K) and Houston investor Charles Tate ($10K). Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) reported an additional $39K in two daily reports, including $26K from Gilmer-based David L. Stevenson LLC.
SD24 open (Likely R): Former Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) reported an additional $100K in three daily reports, including contributions from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s campaign ($34K), Houston executive John Nau ($25K) and Dallas executive Ross Perot Jr. ($25K). Raul Reyes Jr. (R) has not reported additional contributions.
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