Our Race to Raise articles take a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office.
Contributing Writer | 12/12/2019

This Saturday, December 14, Houston will elect its next mayor in a heated runoff election between incumbent Sylvester Turner and challenger Tony Buzbee. Combined, these two candidates have spent $19 million in one of the nation’s most high-profile and expensive municipal races in history. After graduating from Harvard Law School and founding his own firm, …

Contributing Writer | 11/12/2019

Being appointed the chairman of a committee in the Texas House not only means power — it also means money. Lots of it. On October 22, 2019, embattled Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen announced he would not seek reelection. Before this announcement, Bonnen had survived months of scandal and negative media attention. Bonnen …

Contributing Writer | 10/31/2019

Houston, Texas is one of the nation’s largest and most prosperous cities. In the last stretch before election day, Houston’s two leading mayoral candidates are spending big bucks to win this influential political position. All candidates are required to file reports detailing their donations and expenditures. Here’s a look at the last report before the …

Contributing Writer | 10/31/2019

For those staying abreast of the money that backs political power, the upcoming mayoral race in Midland, Texas is one to watch. Although Midland is not among the largest cities in Texas, it has an outsized impact on the Texas and U.S. economies as the energy industry’s epicenter for oil exploration and production. Three candidates …

Contributing Writer | 10/23/2019

Embattled Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek reelection in 2020. Here’s how that announcement and the related scandal is impacting the money in Texas politics: What Will Bonnen Do With $3.7 Million? As of the last campaign finance reports (July 2019), Bonnen had $668,776 cash on …