Campaign Finance. Today was the deadline for 30-day-out campaign finance reports from candidates for statewide, legislative and other state and local offices for which reports must be filed. We expect most of these reports will be available online from the Texas Ethics Commission early tomorrow.

We will provide updates throughout the day about key races and add the data to our Crib Sheets, starting with the competitive races, followed by major-party contested races, minor-party contested races and uncontested candidates. We will then begin looking at the competitive race contributions in detail later this week.

Federal candidates’ and office-holders October quarterly reports are due Saturday, and their pre-general election reports are due October 27. We will also have a much stronger sense of independent expenditures in congressional districts, because those groups are also required to file reports by Saturday. We do not know if those reports will be available online over the weekend.

The next campaign finance reports for state and legislative candidates are due October 31.

CD23: A new ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a PAC aligned with House Republicans accuses Pete Gallego of failing to lead on improving veterans’ health care.

Austin: City council challenger Alison Alter raised the most money of any council candidate since July 12 and outraised D10 incumbent Sheri Gallo, $61K to $47K. The two accounted for about a third of all funds raised by the 15 council candidates. D6 challenger Jimmy Flannigan once again outraised incumbent Don Zimmerman, $47K to $39K, but Zimmerman outspent Flannigan by more than $15K. In D7, incumbent Leslie Pool outraised challenger Natalie Gauldin, $44K to $21K.

Disclosure: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, has contributed $100 to Pool’s re-election campaign.