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 | 01/24/2020

This Tuesday, January 28, voters will choose three members of the Texas House of Representatives in the first races of the 2020 season. Ironically, the winners in these races may never cast a vote in the Texas Legislature, as they’ll have to run again in the primary (March) and the general election (November) in order …

Contributing Writer | 01/20/2020

Of the $187 million Texas candidates and PACs have taken in so far for the 2020 elections, more than $21 million (11.2 percent) is from outside Texas. The top places pumping money into Texas are DC, California, Illinois, Florida, Oklahoma, and surprisingly, Nebraska.  When it comes to politicians seeking donations to their campaign accounts, Texas …

Contributing Writer | 01/14/2020

In 2018 the average spent by politicians who won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives was $354,099. As with any average, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While some candidates won their seats on a shoestring budget, six House Representatives doled out well in excess of one million dollars during their campaign. Occupying …

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 …