Residing near San Antonio, Peter and Juliana Holt own HoltCAT, the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States, as well as Spurs Sports & Entertainment (which owns five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, WNBA San Antonio Stars, AHL Rampage, and the NBA Development Team Austin Spurs). Mr. Holt received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and three Bronze Stars for his military service during the Vietnam War. The couple’s donations to Texas candidates and PACs in the last cycle totaled $945,000.
The Holts’ giving concentrated on Republican statewide candidates and one influential Republican PAC. Only one Democrat benefitted from the Holts’ largesse.
Here’s an overview of Peter and Juliana Holt’s giving from the past election cycle:
|Peter & Juliana Holt – A Closer Look|
|Total Number of Donations||12|
|Average Donation Amount||$78,750|
|Donations to Republicans||$472,216|
|Donations to Democrats||$5,000|
|Donations to Texas House Candidates||$100,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas House Candidates||10.58%|
|Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||$5,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||.53%|
|Donations to Statewide Candidates||$540,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Statewide Candidates||57.14%|
|Donations to Advocacy Groups||$300,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Advocacy Groups||31.75%|
|Donations Given Inside Home District||$100,000|
|Percentage of Donations Inside Home District||10.58%|
|Donations Given Outside Home District||$845,000|
|Percentage of Donations Outside Home District||89.42%|
Key takeaways from Mr. & Mrs. Holt’s giving:
Most interesting donation:
While the Holts concentrated their giving on major statewide players in Texas politics, two $2,500 donations to State Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer serve as outliers. Rep. Martinez-Fischer was vying for a promotion to serve as State Senator of Senate District 26. The $5,000 given to Rep. Martinez-Fischer made up only .53% of the Holts’ total giving, but was the only deviation from their norm of supporting established Republicans. These donations seem particularly interesting since the Holts do not reside in Senate District 26. Instead, they live in nearby Senate District 25, represented by State Senator Donna Campbell to whom they did not contribute financially. Unfortunately for the Holts and Rep. Martinez-Fischer, his bid to represent Senate District 26 failed as he was beaten by State Senator Jose Menendez.
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.