Mr. James “Doug” Pitcock, Jr., 88, is President and CEO of Williams Brothers Construction Company and resides in Houston. His company is one of the largest highway and bridge contractors in the state, undertaking projects both in Texas and across the nation. Mr. Pitcock gave $1,218,000 in political contributions during the last cycle, making him one of the largest political donors in Texas.
In the last election cycle Mr. Pitcock donated to both Republicans and Democrats. However, his contributions to the state’s power holders were significantly larger than to other candidates and officeholders. This political donation strategy suggests that Mr. Pitcock seeks to facilitate good will from those who have the power to impact his business, rather than to promote one political ideology over another.
Here’s an overview of Mr. Pitcock’s giving from the past election cycle:
|James Pitcock, Jr. – A Closer Look|
|Total Number of Donations||24|
|Average Donation Amount||$50,750|
|Donations to Republicans||$1,058,000|
|Donations to Democrats||$85,000|
|Donations to Texas House Candidates||$237,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas House Candidates||19.46%|
|Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||$130,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||10.67%|
|Donations to Statewide Candidates||$775,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Statewide Candidates||63.63%|
|Donations to Advocacy Groups||$75,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Advocacy Groups||6.16%|
|Donations Given Inside Home District||$0|
|Percentage of Donations Inside Home District||0%|
|Donations Given Outside Home District||$1,218,000|
|Percentage of Donations Outside Home District||100%|
Key takeaways from Mr. Pitcock’s giving:
Most interesting donation:
While Mr. Pitcock’s 2015-2016 giving centered on powerful legislative members, one political contribution is an outlier: A $1,000 donation to Republican Judge Dan Hinde of the 269th Harris County District Court. Judge Hinde’s term does not expire until 2018. As Mr. Pitcock resides in Harris County, involvement in judicial races would be normal. However, it appears that Judge Hinde is the only judicial officeholder who has received contributions from Mr. Pitcock, despite other Republican Harris County judges having been on the November 2016 ballot.
**Note: this article originally used donation information from 1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016, as that was the only available data at the time of publication. Since then, numbers throughout the article have been updated to reflect all giving from 1/1/2015 – 12/10/2016.
Our A Closer Look series provides a breakdown of a particular donor’s giving habits within Texas politics. We specifically analyze to whom money is given and when, thus providing context so citizens can determine the motivation behind the donor’s giving. Stay tuned for the next installment.