Candidates seeking to oust U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) collectively raised more than $1.27M during the second quarter of 2017. Two potential Democratic opponents, Houston nonprofit director Alex Triantaphyllis ($451K) and Houston attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher ($366K) out-raised Culberson ($336K) during the quarter.

Alex Triantaphyllis

Alex Triantaphyllis

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Five candidates in the CD7 race are among the 10 challengers across the state reporting at least $100K on hand. Four of those five – Triantaphyllis ($402K), Fletcher ($343K), Houston journalist and app creator Laura Moser ($192K) and Houston physician Jason Westin ($120K) – are vying for the Democratic nomination. The fifth, Houston healthcare executive David Balat ($102K), is a primary challenger. Culberson reported having $361K on hand.

Federal officeholders and candidates who meet the contribution or expenditure threshold were required to file July quarterly campaign finance reports on Saturday. Meanwhile, state and legislative candidates’ July semiannual reports are due tomorrow. We will report highlights during the day on Tuesday. We are also in the process of implementing our new, interactive Crib Sheets.

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