Time for a quick, back from vacation, wanting to drop something on a Sunday night kinda thread. First off, I've got a new page added to the site with statewide races (Lt Gov, Attyy General, Ag Commish, Land Commis) which you can access here: bit.ly/txstatewide #txlege
Pulling from the consolidated data from 01/01/2017 through 06/30/2018, let's see where the money / donors etc stands in the 4 races I've got queued up.
Lt Gov - Dan Patrick (R) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $11.8MM
1,737 donations
$6,828 avg donation
Top Donor - Drayton McLane ($300k)
358 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 87% of total raised
#txlege
Lt Gov - Mike Collier (D) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $616k
4,152 donations
$148 avg donation
Top Donor - Austin Ligon ($40k)
8 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 15% of total raised
#txlege
Attorney General - Ken Paxton (R) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $4.3MM
932 donations
$4,629 avg donation
Top Donor - Tim Dunn ($275k)
152 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 73% of total raised
#txlege
Attorney General - Justin Nelson (D) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $1MM
2,368 donations
$440 avg donation
Top Donor - Max Tribble ($70k)
29 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 42% of total raised
#txlege
Land Commissioner - George P Bush (R) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $2.3MM
1,247 donations
$1,807 avg donation
Top Donor - Hushang Ansary ($175k)
62 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 44% of total raised
#txlege
Land Commissioner - Miguel Suazo (D) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $68.2k
339 donations
$201 avg donation
Top Donor - Edward Espinoza ($48k)
0 donations over $10k
Espinoza is 71% of total raised
#txlege
Ag Commissioner - Sid Miller (R) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $474k
404 donations
$1,172 avg donation
Top Donor - Richard Redalen ($80k)
15 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 47% of total raised
#txlege
Ag Commissioner - Kim Olson (R) from 01/01/17 to 06/30/18
Raised $255k
2,687 donations
$94 avg donation
Top Donor - Kent Olson ($26k) (Kim's husband)
3 donations over $10k
Over $10k donations are 12% of total raised
#txlege
When you look at the statewide races purely on donations, you can see who is drawing the most interest to their campaign. In the attached chart, donations less than $1k are green (grassroots). Orange is $1k to $10k. Red is $10k to $49k. Blue is $50k and up. #txlege
When you look at the statewide races by how $ given make up the total, you can see where influence lands. In the attached chart, % of total donations from donors giving less than $1k are green (grassroots). Orange is $1k to $10k. Red is $10k to $49k. Blue is $50k and up. #txlege

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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.
Read 7 tweets
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
Read 4 tweets
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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