The first campaign finance reports of 2020 are live. Here’s a look at the ten candidates who have collected the most campaign cash so far:
On paper, challengers have had the financial advantage. While incumbents were subject to a moratorium on fundraising for almost six months, political hopefuls have been able to raise money all year without restriction. But, in politics, money follows power, and the incumbent currently holds the power. These reports reflect donations collected for the first half of 2019, so they include only about two weeks of fundraising for incumbents. Each person on the top ten list is an incumbent.
Surprised to see Dennis Bonnen’s name missing from this list? We have a few thoughts on what his absence could mean.
The incumbents topping the fundraising list for the first half of 2019 were the beneficiaries of two weeks of cash flooding their coffers. Next week, we’ll turn our attention to the other side of this equation. Don’t miss our rundown of the donors who underwrite the powers-that-be in Austin. At Transparency Texas, we provide the answers you need about the money in Texas politics. Subscribe here to get the latest news sent directly to your inbox.