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
SD3
Robert Nichols (R) running against Shirley Layton (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $786,173
646 donations
$1,216 avg
Top Donors
- Assoc Gen Contractors of TX ($81.5k) 10.4%
- James Pitcock ($50k) 6.4%
Donations from
- Austin 19.6%
- Houston 16.7%
- New Braunfels 6.4%
#txlege
SD3
Shirley Layton (D) running against Robert Nichols (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $10,500
100 donations
$105 avg
Top Donors
- TX Democratic Party ($4k) 38%
- Katy Hubener ($867) 8.3%
Donations from
- Austin 38.1%
- Lufkin 24%
- Duncanville 8.3%
#txlege
SD5
Charles Schwertner (R) running against Meg Walsh (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $582,600
533 donations
$1,093 avg
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($37.6k) 6.5%
- Texans For Lawsuit Reform ($30k) 5.1%
Donations from
- Austin 45.7%
- Houston 8.3%
- Georgetown 6.4%
#txlege
SD5
Meg Walsh (D) running against Charles Schwertner (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $39,867
399 donations
$99 avg
Top Donors
- Margaret Walsh ($4.4k) 11.1%
- TX Democratic Party ($4k) 10%
Donations from
- Austin 30%
- Round Rock 19.1%
- Georgetown 9.8%
#txlege
SD7
Paul Bettencourt (E) running against David Romero (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $287,878
147 donations
$1,958 avg
ET9 - $25k (8.7%)
ETR - $20k (7.1%)
ET World Total - $45k (15.6%)
Top Donors
- Kathaleen Wall ($15k)
- TX For Lawsuit Reform ($15k)
#txlege
SD7
David Romero (D) running against Paul Bettencourt (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $725
9 donations
$80 avg
Top Donors
- Gina Biondo ($200) 27%
- Shirlene Sparkman ($100) 13.8%
Donations from
- Houston 27%
- Tomball 13.8%
- Grapeland 13.8%
#txlege
SD9
Kelly Hancock (R) running against Gwenn Burud (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $710,938
627 donations
$1,133 avg
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($35k) 4.9%
- Barry Andrews ($27.5k) 3.9%
Donations from
- Austin 37.4%
- Dallas 15.8%
- Fort Worth 6.6%
#txlege
SD9
Gwenn Burud (D) running against Kelly Hancock (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $17,224
287 donations
$60 avg
Top Donors
- Mark Bauer ($3k) 17.7%
- Sigmategy, Inc ($2.5k) 14.5%
Donations from
- Colleyville 28%
- North Richland Hills 17.5%
- Fort Worth 13.4%
#txlege
SD10
Konni Burton (E) running against Beverly Powell (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $670,438
982 donations
$682 avg
ET / TRL - $70k (10.4%)
ET9 - $88.5k (13.2%)
ETR - $34.5k (5%)
ET World Total - $193k (28.8%)
Top Donors
- Empower Texans ($50k)
- TX 4 Lawsuit Reform ($45k)
#txlege
SD10
Beverly Powell (D) running against Konni Burton (E)
Since 01/01/17 raised $497,757
970 donations
$513 avg
Top Donors
- Lone Star Project ($79.5k) 16%
- Annie's List ($38.8k) 7.8%
Donations from
- Fort Worth 33.1%
- Washington 22.2%
- Austin 15.3%
#txlege
SD14
George Hindman (R) running against Kirk Watson (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $6,000
3 donations
$2,000 avg
Top Donors
- George Hindman ($6k) 100%
George seems to be self funding his race.
Donations from
- Austin 100%
#txlege
SD14
Kirk Watson (D) running against George Hindman (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $448,105
479 donations
$935 avg
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($10k) 2.2%
- John Eagle ($10k) 2.2%
Donations from
- Austin 70.9%
- Dallas 5.7%
- West Lake Hills 4.3%
#txlege
SD15
Randy Orr (R) running against John Whitmire (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $945
6 donations
$157 avg
Top Donors
- David Havel ($500) 53%
- Daniel Jason ($120) 12.7%
Donations from
- Galveston 53%
- Houston 36.5%
- Baytown 10.6%
#txlege
SD15
John Whitmire (D) running against Randy Orr (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $486,596
187 donations
$2,602 avg
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($45.1k) 9.3%
- Border Health PAC ($25k) 5.1%
Donations from
- Houston 48.4%
- Austin 29.3%
- McAllen 5.1%
#txlege
SD16
Don Huffines (E) running against Nathan Johnson (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $940,686
358 donations
$2,627 avg
ET / TRL - $2.5k (0.2%)
ET9 - $25k (2.6%)
ETR - $52k (5%)
ET World Total - $79.5k (8.4%)
Top Donors
- H Ross Perot ($50k)
- Phil Huffines Campaign ($47k)
#txlege
SD16
Nathan Johnson (D) running against Don Huffines (E)
Since 01/01/17 raised $589,440
1,106 donations
$532 avg
Top Donors
- Claire Dewar ($26.7k) 4.5%
- Howard Rachofsky ($25k) 4.2%
Donations from
- Dallas 82.4%
- Sherman 3.5%
- Austin 2.8%
#txlege
SD17
Joan Huffman (R) (leaning E) running against Rita Lucido (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $819,602
285 donations
$2,875 avg
Top Donors
- Dan Patrick Campaign ($83.8k) 10.2%
- TX For Lawsuit Reform ($73.4k) 9%
Donations from
- Houston 42.4%
- Austin 32.3%
- Dallas 10.4%
#txlege
SD17
Rita Lucido (D) running against Joan Huffman (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $188,808
614 donations
$307 avg
Top Donors
- Houston Federation of Teachers ($7.7k) 4.1%
- Robert Scott ($6.2k) 3.3%
Donations from
- Houston 81.1%
- Austin 5.4%
- Bellaire 2.3%
#txlege
SD23
Royce West (D) with no challenger in November
Since 01/01/17 raised $286,940
210 donations
$1,366 avg
Top Donors
- Thomas Joyner ($10k) 3.5%
- Texas Trial Lawyers PAC ($5k) 1.7%
Donations from
- Dallas 41.4%
- Austin 25.4%
- Houston 8.6%
#txlege
SD25
Donna Campbell (R) running against Steven Kling (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $542,117
514 donations
$1,054 avg
Top Donors
- TX For Lawsuit Reform ($30k) 5.5%
- John Weisman ($25k) 4.6%
Donations from
- Austin 45.6%
- San Antonio 18.9%
- New Braunfels 6.8%
#txlege
SD25
Steven Kling (D) running against Donna Campbell (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $141,655
2,157 donations
$65 avg
Top Donors
- Lorraine Broll ($5.2k) 3.7%
- IBEW ($5k) 3.5%
Donations from
- Austin 31.7%
- San Antonio 18.4%
- New Braunfels 8.3%
#txlege
SD30
Pat Fallon (R) (leaning E) running against Kevin Lopez (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $516,806
488 donations
$1,059 avg
Top Donors
- Dan Patrick Campaign ($132.4k) 25.6%
- TREPAC ($25k) 4.8%
Donations from
- Austin 30.7%
- Houston 26.7%
- Dallas 9.6%
#txlege
SD30
Kevin Lopez (D) running against Pat Fallon (R)
Since 01/01/17 raised $44,654
85 donations
$525 avg
Top Donors
- Wesley Holland ($15k) 33.6%
- Lubbock Firefighters PAC ($5k) 11.2%
Donations from
- Farmersville 33.6%
- Lubbock 11.2%
- El Paso 11.2%
#txlege
SD31
Kel Seliger (R) with no challenger in November
Since 01/01/17 raised $1,142,648
865 donations
$1,320 avg
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($82.7k) 3.5%
- Associated Republicans Of Texas ($43.2k) 3.8%
Donations from
- Austin 41.5%
- Amarillo 11.7%
- Midland 8.5%
#txlege
Now you are probably thinking, you listed all of these races, but didn't you forget SD8? Maybe I did, maybe I didn't, but one thing about SD8 is that the primary was expensive. You had two "R" candidates, both with support from Empower. Phil Huffines lost spending $1.4MM! #txlege
SD8
Angela Paxton (E) running against Mark Phariss (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $1,671,627
1,000 donations
$1,671 avg
ET / TRL - $100k (6%)
ET9 - $15k (0.9%)
ETR - $133k (8%)
ET World Total - $248k (14.8%)
Top Donors
- TREPAC ($100.1k)
- Empower Texans ($100k)
#txlege
SD8
Mark Phariss (D) running against Angela Paxton (E)
Since 01/01/17 raised $320,777
954 donations
$336 avg
Top Donors
- Mark Phariss ($27.6k) 8.6%
- Ken Ashe ($13k) 4.1%
Donations from
- Dallas 28.6%
- San Antonio 17.7%
- Plano 16.5%
#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
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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
Read 21 tweets
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 12, 2018
Time for an Empower Texans candidate (ETs) snapshot. ETs are on the ballot as Republicans, but I separate them due to donor mix. What will follow is a snapshot of the 19 ET endorsed House candidates still on the ballot (23 endorsed / funded ETs are out). #txlege
As you read through the thread, I'll be using shorthand to save characters.
ET / TRL = Empower Texas and Texas Right To Life. Both are funded by the same folks.
ET9 = Top 9 donors to Empower Texans
ETR = Big $ donors / campaigns who exclusively give to ET candidates
Kyle Biedermann (HD73) running against Stephanie Phillips (D)
Since 01/01/17 raised $336,600
422 donations
$797 avg
ET / TRL - $167,713 (49.9%)
ET9 - $5k (1.4%)
ETR - $30.5k (9%)
ET World Total - $203k (60.3%)
Top 9 donors - $227.8k (67.7%)
#txlege (1/19)
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