Texas Finance Summary
The 2020 General Election was on November 3rd
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Texas Government:

Governor: Greg Abbott (R)

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick (R)

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (R)

Land Commissioner: George P. Bush (R)

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (R)

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller (R)

Railroad Commissioners: Christi Craddick (R), Wayne Christian (R), and Jim Wright (R). Railroad Commissioners are up for reelection every six years, in alternating terms.

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Campaign Finance Snapshot
Total Contributions
Candidate Contributions
PAC Contributions
Total Expenditures
Candidate Expenditures
PAC Expenditures
Top Candidates
CandidateTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
Greg Abbott $124,908,630.85$221,213,932.90
Dan Patrick $44,222,957.11$32,147,221.31
Ken Paxton $16,039,570.47$15,238,347.03
Joe Straus III $11,732,550.84$16,929,983.34
Christi Craddick $7,326,168.46$7,615,636.42
Phillip Huffines $7,272,299.51$8,547,340.88
Glenn Hegar $7,160,185.98$13,022,488.61
George P Bush $6,793,746.32$8,306,360.55
Dennis Bonnen $6,049,967.16$6,285,296.10
Dade Phelan $5,254,657.84$423,719.74
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Top PACs
PACTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC $37,786,780.21$32,396,715.21
ActBlue Texas $37,092,478.96$36,920,445.58
Texas REALTORS Political Action Committee $29,925,816.47$136,396,690.97
Forward Majority Action $17,488,168.65$7,184,000.00
Republican State Leadership Committee PAC and Individual Account $16,815,868.87$16,818,967.07
Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund $15,679,241.92$15,040,759.32
Republican Party of Texas $14,647,665.69$16,978,861.31
House Democratic Campaign Committee $13,490,710.55$12,155,272.17
Forward Majority Action Texas $12,041,662.88$12,331,513.78
The Charles Butt Public Education Political Action Committee $10,003,358.73$657,081.04
View All PACs
Top Lobbyists
LobbyistLobbyist BusinessMin AmountMax Amount
Andrea McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$12,499,177.00$24,008,067.39
Dean R McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$11,240,087.00$22,290,967.23
Todd M Smith Impact Texas Communicaions, LLP$12,523,542.00$17,631,518.76
Mark Vane Attorney$8,349,049.00$17,131,447.28
Daniel Hodge Strategic & Public Affairs Consulting$10,216,631.00$16,357,158.86
Royce Pabst Poinsett Attorney$7,578,256.00$15,981,227.27
Robert D Miller Attorney$8,391,096.00$15,200,157.92
Neal T Jones Jr consultant$4,740,679.00$15,157,713.51
Brian G Yarbrough Attorney$7,294,405.00$14,496,838.38
Ron E Lewis Ron Lewis & Associates$7,028,225.00$14,185,358.05
View All Lobbying
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