Gov. Greg Abbott (R) raised $2.27M during the first special session. His largest contributors for the period were Houston foundation president Nancy Kinder ($250K), Midland investor Douglas Scharbauer ($100K) and San Antonio alcoholic beverage distributor Alan Dreeben ($75K).
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R), Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R), Land Comm. George P. Bush (R), Agriculture Comm. Sid Miller (R) and Railroad Comm. Wayne Christian (R) – all also on the ballot in 2022 – raised $450K combined during the same period.
Former Republican Party of Texas chair Allen West raised $404K during the period, including $160K from Lake Forest, Ill. shipping supply company owner Richard Uihlein. Texans supplied 42% of West’s contribution total. In addition to Uihlein, West raised $73K from out-of-state donors.
HD118 special: San Antonio legislative aide Katie Farias (D), former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio), San Antonio attorney Desi Martinez (D), San Antonio zoning director Frank Ramirez (D) and Universal City real estate agent Adam Salyer (R) have filed for the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio), who resigned last month. The filing deadline is Monday for the September 28 special election.
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