Year-end campaign finance reports were due today for federal officeholders and candidates. We have updated our Crib Sheet with all reports we’ve seen as of midnight tonight. We will continue to update our numbers as filings become available. Expect it to take at least a week before the U.S. Senate candidates’ reports become available (Senate candidates are not required to file their report electronically. Scanned copies are forwarded to the Federal Election Commission by the Secretary of the Senate.).
Year-end reports cover contributions received and expenditures made during the last three months of 2017. Highlights of those reports follow.
CD2 open: Kathaleen Wall contributed $2.73M to her campaign, accounting for more than 99.5% of all contributions received, and has $2.3M on hand. Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) raised $256K and has $445K on hand. He has a $273K loan principal balance. Kingwood property management executive Rick Walker raised $67K and has $254K on hand thanks to a $300K loan. On the Democratic side, Todd Litton raised $106K and has $285K on hand. Both of those figures exceed the combined totals of his four primary opponents.
CD3 open: Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) raised $200K and has $901K on hand.
CD5 open: Bunni Pounds raised $215K and has $197K on hand, each figure more than $100K above any of her rivals. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) raised $112K and has $86K on hand. Former Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Mesquite) raised $107K and has $82K on hand. Mineola political field director Jason Wright, who has been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), raised $96K and has $94K on hand.
CD6 open: Not a lot separates the five of 11 Republicans whose reports are available. Jake Ellzey leads the pack with $69K raised and $66K on hand. Tarrant Co. Tax Assessor-collector Ron Wright raised just $24K and has $22K on hand.
CD7: U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) out-raised each of his potential Democratic opponents individually, but they collectively out-raised Culberson.
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