As owner of the Houston Texans NFL franchise, Robert C. “Bob” McNair is a household name across much of the state. Founder of the cogeneration energy company CoGen Technologies, Mr. McNair regularly ranks among Texas’ wealthiest citizens. Although he sold the company in 1999, he still retains ownership of power plants in West Virginia and New York. In the 2016 cycle, Mr. McNair donated $1,658,500 to Texas candidates and PACs.
Compared to many of the other large political donors in Texas, Mr. McNair made relatively few donations this cycle coming in at 38 total gifts. Instead of spreading his support across the board, Mr. McNair concentrated his giving on just a few individual races and organizations.
Here’s an overview of Robert McNair’s giving from the last election cycle:
|Robert McNair – A Closer Look|
|Total Number of Donations||38|
|Average Donation Amount||$43,644.74|
|Donations to Republicans||$442,000|
|Donations to Democrats||$11,500|
|Donations to Texas House Candidates||$36,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas House Candidates||2.17%|
|Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||$12,500|
|Percentage of Donations to Texas Senate Candidates||.75%|
|Donations to Statewide Candidates||$395,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Statewide Candidates||23.82%|
|Donations to Advocacy Groups||$1,115,000|
|Percentage of Donations to Advocacy Groups||67.23%|
|Donations Given Inside Home District||$0|
|Percentage of Donations Inside Home District||0%|
|Donations Given Outside Home District||$1,658,500|
|Percentage of Donations Outside Home District||100%|
Key takeaways from Mr. McNair’s giving:
Most interesting donation:
By a large margin, Mr. McNair was the largest contributor to John Greytok‘s campaign for the Texas Railroad Commission, giving him $100,000. Despite the field being crowded during the Republican primary election, Mr. Greytok did not make either of the top two spots, knocking him out of the race before the May runoff election. While Mr. McNair’s giving generally mirrors that of other large donors to TLR, no other major TLR-aligned donor contributed to Mr. Greytok’s primary campaign, making this particular investment an outlier.
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, providing context so citizens can determine the motivation behind the donor’s giving. Stay tuned for the next installment.