Semiannual campaign finance reports were due Friday, covering either (1) the first six months of the year for candidates who had no primary opponent or (2) the period since the end of the 8-day-out reporting period of either the primary or primary runoff election (or special or special runoff election).

A little over $46 million in contributions were made to Texas state office-holders and candidates for statewide and legislative offices during the first six months of 2016.

Today we take a high-level look at those reports and try to put the numbers in perspective.

Abbott’s record-breaking trend continues. Two years before he next faces primary voters, Gov. Greg Abbott reported raising $8.67M during the first six months of 2016, and he has $28.6M on hand. We put these into historical perspective in another post.

Big numbers for non-candidates. Nearly $1 out of every $3 contributed during the first half of 2016 went to someone who is not on the ballot this year.


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