State candidates (and local candidates where required) on the May 22 primary runoff election ballot were required to file their runoff reports on Monday. Most of them became available online today. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between February 25 and May 12.
Overall, runoff candidates for statewide office, the Legislature and the Board of Education raised $4.3M and spent $3.3M for the period. For the election cycle to date, the candidates have raised $8.1M and spent $7.4M. Collectively, they have raised more than half of their total contributions since the primary election.
The 14 candidates in the Republican legislative runoffs raised a combined $3.3M and spent $2.5M for the period. Empower Texans PAC ($755K) was the single largest contributor to these candidates, accounting for 23% of all funds raised, and the Texas Right to Life PAC ($246K) was also one of the most significant donors this period. Two PACs with significant support from Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), Associated Republicans of Texas ($383K) and Texas House Leadership Fund ($199K), combined to account for 18% of all contributions received by Republican legislative runoff candidates.
HD4 open: Forney rancher Keith Bell out-raised former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman), $274K to $232K, and outspent him, $516K to $156K. Bell loaned himself an additional $278K, bringing his total loan balance to $438K.
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