Two years before he next faces primary voters, Gov. Greg Abbott raised $8.67M during the first six months of 2016. Abbott reported having $28.6M on hand, nearly double the amount he had on hand four years ago ($14.5M as of June 30, 2012) and the eighth time he has reported at least $20M on hand. Abbott has had more on hand than the entire 36-member U.S. House delegation from Texas ($25.5M).

The highest amount former Gov. Rick Perry ever reported on hand was $11.6M as of December 31, 2009. Abbott has reported having more than that on hand for 14 consecutive campaign finance reporting periods dating back to December 31, 2011.

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg
Abbott

Abbott has reported at $9M in cash on hand for 21 consecutive campaign finance reporting periods dating back to June 30, 2009. Perry reported at least $9M on hand a total of nine times (five of them consecutive) between December 31, 2005 and just before the 2010 general election.

Abbott’s $8.67M in contributions for the period is the third-highest amount he has ever reported raising in a single reporting period (He has twice raised more than $11M in a reporting period.) and, we believe, the 8th highest total ever reported by a governor or gubernatorial candidate in any one fundraising period. Abbott’s contribution total is nearly $5.6M more than he raised in the first half of 2012, and it is $1.7M more than the total amount raised by Gov. Rick Perry in the first halves of 2008, 2004 and 2000 combined. All five of those fundraising periods occurred in the first half of the presidential election year preceding the candidate’s gubernatorial election run. It is more than Perry ever reported raising in a single campaign finance reporting period (excluding his presidential campaigns).

 

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