Wrapping up the Top 20 lists with the Empower party.
If you want to see part 1, the Dem list, it's here:
And here is part 2, the Rep list:
There are 6,568 unique contributors to Empower candidates running for Texas House. How much of what candidates have received has come from the Top 20 Empower donors (which we can hopefully all agree would be “Special Interests”)? Remember, top 20 is 0.3% of the total donors. /2
Let me be clear here before continuing. When I refer to the Top 20 Empower donors, I'm not speaking about the donors to the Empower Texans PAC. I'm referring to those PACs and individuals who give extensively to Empower backed candidates. I see them as their own party. #txlege /3
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? (Current candidates first)
HD005 Hefner, Cole - 15%
HD006 Schaefer, Matt - 41%
HD015 Toth, Steve - 44%
HD023 Middleton, Mayes - 20%
HD060 Lang, Mike - 84%
HD066 Shaheen, Matt - 22%
#txlege /4
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors?
HD067 Leach, Jeff - 27%
HD073 Biedermann, Kyle - 55%
HD092 Stickland, Jonathan - 63%
HD093 Krause, Matt - 32%
HD094 Tinderholt, Tony - 67%
HD096 Zedler, Bill - 62%
#txlege /5
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors?
HD106 Patterson, Jared - 48%
HD107 Metzger, Deanna - 82%
HD113 Boos, Jonathan - 50%
HD114 Luby Ryan, Lisa - 17%
HD115 Rinaldi, Matt - 46%
HD128 Cain, Briscoe - 66%
HD150 Swanson, Valoree - 55%
#txlege /6
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD002 Slaton, Bryan - 80%
HD004 Spitzer, Stewart - 85%
HD008 McNutt, Thomas - 66%
HD009 Boersma, Garrett - 87%
#txlege /7
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD011 Ward, Danny - 67%
HD013 Wolfskill, Jill - 76%
HD018 Kebodeaux Cook, Emily - 85%
HD025 Rambo, Damon - 92%
#txlege /8
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD045 Pearce, Amber - 99%
HD047 Wiley, Jay - 83%
HD055 Grisham, CJ - 47%
HD055 Hall, Brandon - 33%
#txlege /9
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD062 Lawson, Brent - 93%
HD064 Roy, Mark - 78%
HD087 Brassfield, Drew - 78%
HD088 Huddleston, Jason - 58%
#txlege /10
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD098 Mizani, Armin - 69%
HD099 French, Bo - 67%
HD102 Kilgore, Scott - 36%
HD121 Beebe, Matt - 90%
#txlege /11
What % of total Empower candidate donations come from the top 20 Emp donors? Here are candidates who were not successful in the primary or runoff
HD122 Fails, Chris - 75%
HD126 Fulton, Kevin - 81%
HD134 Dokupil, Susanna - 79%
#txlege /12
The average from the top 20 Empower House donors to a candidate was 62% of of that candidates total contributions. Remember, the top 20 donors make up just 0.3% of the total contributors. #txlege /13
When you look at what the top 20 Empower House donors have given to Empower candidates, it totals $5.8MM. The total overall given is $8.6MM. 0.3% of donors gave 67% of total contributions. Grassroots? Doesn't look like it to me. #txlege /end
A note on some of the current candidates. If they did not have an opponent in the primary, candidates do not have to report updates for their campaigns as frequently.
For those with no primary opponent, the last records we have are from 12/31/17. This includes Hefner, Shaheen, Leach, Stickland, Krause, Tinderholt, Zedler, Rinaldi and Cain
That doesn’t mean they haven’t continued to raise money, we just don’t know where it’s coming from. Filing deadline for ALL candidates is 07/16, to cover through 06/30/18.

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Aug 31, 2018
We can add Kel Seliger in SD31 to the list of Republicans being attacked by Empower Texans as we head to the general. Rather than “money from Austin”, it’s switched up to money outside his district. #txlege
Tim Dunn and ET World seems like they are really mad about wasting all that money on Mike Canon.
$349k - Empower Texans
$50k - Kyle Stallings
$20k - Texas Right To Life
$20k - Tim Dunn
$10k - Dick Saulsbury
#txlege
And wasting all that money on Stuart Spitzer in HD4
$183k - Empower Texans
$57k - Texas Right To Life
$40k - Darlene Pendery
$36k - Jonathan Strickland Campaign
$18k - Stacy Hock
$10k - Constituents Focus
And on and on and on
#txlege
Read 10 tweets
Aug 29, 2018
Tim Dunn and Empower Texans are sending out letters to folks in House District 2, attacking Dan Flynn, the Republican incumbent. Yes, thats right. The republican incumbent is being attacked by the extreme end of the republican party as we near the general election. #txlege
First off, Empower is telling people to use transparency texas . org for campaign finance data. This is a site with campaign finance stuff, but what they don't tell you is that Empower Texans owns the site. Show up for data, read Empower propaganda. Not very transparent. #txlege
Empower is attacking Dan Flynn for 52% of his contributions coming from Austin. And yes, the 52% is a real number. Flynn has had $430k contributed to his campaign since 01/01/17, with 52% of it coming from an Austin address. #txlege
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Aug 25, 2018
Since Jessica was good enough to bring up Paxton and Empower and declare "He's their man", I thought I pull together a mini-thread and few pie charts to help illustrate that fact. #txlege
In the 2014 election cycle, Ken Paxton was running for AG for the first time. From 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2014, Paxton raised:
$8,323,245 from 3,951 donors
$4,443,856 (53%) from the top 100 donors
$1,098,470 came from ET World (DOES NOT include a $1,000,000 loan from ET) #txlege
When you look at the Ken Paxton 2014 election cycle, the ET World money breaks down as:
Empower Texans - $402,470 (does not include a $1,000,000 loan from ET to Paxton)
ET9 (major ET donors) - $600,000
ETR (ET related donors) - $96,000
Total - $1.1m
2014 - He's their man #txlege
Read 8 tweets
Aug 16, 2018
Looks like Texas Alliance For Life is doing "pay to play" advertising for some candidates.
02/25 - Mailer supporting Jason Villalba $11,886
02/28 - Villalba donation for $12k
02/28 - Mailer supporting JD Sheffield $10,483
06/08 - Sheffield donation for $11k
#txlege
And then there is a $17k donation from Texas House Leadership Fund to Texas Alliance For Life on 03/14. Right after TAFL had spent $16,657 on mailers for Capriglione & Cosper ($13k on 02/28), and Clardy ($3.6k on 03/02), all candidates that THL had supported. #txlege
I know stuff like this has just been “politics”. This is the kind of thing the Empower World does, specifically with the New Leadership PAC (which I’ve talked about before). Please, let’s be better than that and not stoop to that level.
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Aug 15, 2018
I've looked at the 19 Empower Texans candidates still on the ballot. Some serious money pouring in, dominating a candidates finance report. It's even more startling when you see the 23 candidates who didn't advance in the primaries.
#txlege
23 Empower Texans endorsed / funded by the ET World candidates got knocked out in the primaries. There was A LOT of money poured into these candidates from all across ET World. The graphic shows you just how much ET World filled up their coffers vs regular folks. #txlege
There are just 4 knocked out ET World candidates who received less than 50% of their money from an ET / ET related source:
43% Susanna Dokupil
41% Brandon Hall
35% Chris Fails
0.2% Amber Pearce (late endorsement in a crowded field, but not any money of note)
This is nuts #txlege
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Aug 14, 2018
What will follow is a snapshot of the contributions and donors to each Texas Senate race. I'll post the candidates by Republican, Empower, and Democrat. Pies will be added in fits and starts, but all will be in this thread.
SD2
Bob Hall (E) running against Kendall Scudder (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $1,382,313
657 donations
$2,103 avg
ET / TRL - $503k (36.4%)
ET9 - $208.5k (15%)
ETR - $269k (19.4%)
ET World Total - $980.5k (71%)
Top Donors
- Empower Texans ($393k)
- Dan Patrick ($247k)
#txlege
SD2
Kendall Scudder (D) running against Bob Hall (E)
Since 01/01/17 raised $131,596
920 donations
$143 avg
Top Donors
- Cristan Shamburger ($39.8k) 30%
- Kolby Flowers ($20k) 15%
Donations from
- Commerce 32.4%
- Dallas 16.9%
- Forest Hills 15.2%
#txlege
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