Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton raised $305K during the second half of 2020, the second smallest contribution total he has reported in the last half of a year since 2012. Coming into 2020, Paxton reported an average of $1.15M in contributions in the final reporting period of a calendar year since his January 2013 semiannual report. He reported at least $1M in contributions during the final reporting period of every year except 2017 ($774K) and 2015 ($271K). Paxton was indicted on state securities fraud charges in late July 2015.
He was on pace to raise less than $200K during the second half of 2020 until a late swell of contributions, accounting for 48% of his total, put him over $300K for the period. He raised $146K from December 10 to December 12, which were the last three days a state official could accept a contribution before the statutory moratorium took effect.
He raised $31K on December 10, including $25K from Dallas investor James Dondero. Paxton received $58K in contributions on December 11 and $57K on December 12, much of it from donors giving $100 or less. Prior to the filing at the U.S. Supreme Court, 96% of Paxton’s contribution total came from Texans. After the suit, 57% of contributions came from out of state.
HD68 special: Early voting concludes tomorrow (Tuesday) for Saturday’s special election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). Polls were closed today (Monday) for the holiday and most, if not all, polls were closed over the weekend.
Party Fundraising: The Texas Democratic Party’s PAC out-raised the Republican Party of Texas PAC, $400K to $209K, over the final 10 weeks of 2020. The Democratic Party ended the year with a $214K to $58K advantage in cash on hand. Over the same period ending 2018, the Republicans out-raised the Democrats, $508K to $16K, and had a $314K to $74K advantage in cash on hand. These are the state general purpose committee reports. Federal fundraising results are not included.
Since July 6, the Republican Party out-raised the Democrats, $4.79M to $2.77M.
The Libertarian Party of Texas PAC reported $65K in contributions over the last six months of 2020 and ended the year with $35K on hand. The Green Party raised less than $1K and has less than $1K on hand.
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