April quarterly campaign finance reports were due today for federal officeholders and candidates, except those in the CD6 special election. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made during the first three months of the year. Our federal Crib Sheet has been updated with the latest results. Not all reports were available online as of press time.
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) led the Texas House delegation with $1.9M in contributions, including transfers from authorized committees. He has nearly $2.8M on hand. U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) led the delegation with $5.2M on hand, followed by Crenshaw, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar ($1.7M), U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez ($1.3M) and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady ($1.2M), who announced yesterday (Wednesday) that he was not seeking re-election.
Crenshaw raised nearly $1.25M more than the second-highest contribution total: U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s (D-Houston) $665K. She was followed by U.S. Reps. Van Taylor ($576K), Tony Gonzales ($557K), Colin Allred ($549K) and Michael McCaul ($436K).
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), who is not up for re-election until 2024, raised $3.3M for his campaign account and has $5.6M on hand. Nearly all of his contributions came after his efforts to object to certification of the Electoral College votes from other states. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R), coming off of his 2020 re-election, raised $275K and has $716K on hand.
The entire Congressional delegation, including both U.S. Senators, have a collective $27.2M on hand as of March 31, which is around $13M less than Gov. Greg Abbott (R) reported having on hand as of December 31 and about $8M more than Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) reported.
Reports for the CD6 candidates are due Monday.
Dallas: Mayor Eric Johnson endorsed challenger Yolanda Faye Williams, a former Park and Recreation board member, over incumbent council member Jaime Resendez. As far as we can tell, it is Johnson’s only endorsement this cycle. Williams, who received 37% of the vote against Resendez (52%) in the 2019 race for District 5, is making her fifth bid for a council seat. She received 16% of the vote in a four-way race in 2013, 8% in a seven-way race in 2007 and 24% in an unsuccessful 2005 challenge of then-council member Don Hill.
The Dallas Morning News endorsed council members Adam Balzadua and Omar Narvaez for re-election.
Fort Worth: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed council members Gyna Bivens and Kelly Allen Gray for re-election and Elizabeth Beck for an open council seat.
San Antonio: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed challengers Mario Bravo and Jalem McKee-Rodriguez over incumbent council members Roberto Treviño and Jada Andrews-Sullivan, respectively. McKee-Rodriguez is Andrew-Sullivan’s former communications director. The paper endorsed Marcello Martinez for an open council seat over former Rep. Tomas Uresti (D-San Antonio) and Phyllis Viagran, the sister of term-limited council member Rebecca Viagran.
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