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 | 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 …

Contributing Writer | 09/04/2019

Following the last legislative session, conservative activists and donors across Texas expressed dismay with what they believed to be lackluster results. We’ve reported the reasons for the general discontent from the Republican base here and here, as well as their veiled threats to put away their checkbooks.  According to the first financial reports of 2020, …

Contributing Writer | 08/21/2019

When Texas’ last legislative session gaveled to a close in late May, conservatives from across the state were not shy about expressing their disappointment with the results. Leaders of large and powerful grassroots organizations like Julie McCarty of True Texas Project, JoAnn Fleming of Grassroots America We The People, Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans …