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 $44,875,408.89$85,087,758.10
Dan Patrick $17,673,692.50$25,157,444.93
Ken Paxton $8,650,602.71$12,882,381.12
Dennis Bonnen $4,776,551.13$926,546.74
Justin Nelson $3,410,439.97$6,543,896.92
Christi Craddick $3,371,593.77$3,688,358.14
Angela Paxton $3,028,434.67$6,350,539.02
George P Bush $2,841,006.74$5,122,964.31
Donald Huffines $2,449,162.62$3,590,342.53
Joe Straus III $2,398,837.88$5,144,053.60
View All Candidates
Top PACs
PACTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
ActBlue Texas $9,929,767.43$10,168,603.78
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC $9,812,826.44$8,621,231.23
Texas REALTORS Political Action Committee $9,531,386.39$60,500,567.90
Empower Texans PAC (DISSOLVED) $5,859,479.00$5,774,309.28
Republican Party of Texas $5,451,734.41$5,850,719.65
Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund $4,935,980.24$5,021,782.01
Annie's List $3,633,906.17$3,806,613.25
Republican State Leadership Committee PAC and Individual Account $3,324,526.00$3,943,807.06
BNSF Railway Company RAILPAC $3,291,195.44$453,576.51
Texas Right To Life PAC $3,192,377.32$3,502,539.85
View All PACs
Top Lobbyists
LobbyistLobbyist BusinessMin AmountMax Amount
Dean R McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$3,105,017.00$6,094,999.22
Andrea McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$3,175,004.00$5,889,999.40
Mark Vane Attorney$2,870,015.00$5,724,999.14
Todd M Smith Impact Texas Communicaions, LLP$4,075,000.00$5,499,999.68
Roland Leal Lobbyist$2,225,000.00$4,449,999.54
Royce Pabst Poinsett Attorney$2,030,044.00$4,439,999.05
Robert D Miller Attorney$2,460,002.00$4,394,999.35
Trey J Blocker Attorney$2,575,005.00$4,374,999.53
Neal T Jones Jr consultant$1,330,143.00$4,104,998.07
Ron E Lewis Ron Lewis & Associates$2,025,001.00$4,059,999.41
View All Lobbying
Top Donors
DonorContributions
Timothy M and Terri Dunn $4,255,300.00
Farris & JoAnn Wilks $3,792,229.76
George Soros $3,010,000.00
S Javaid Anwar $1,826,859.29
Holloway Frost & Kathaleen Wall $1,705,242.16
Richard Weekley $1,677,182.48
Forward Majority Action $1,667,662.19
Charles C Butt $1,640,600.00
Robert & Janice McNair $1,627,045.00
H Ross Perot Jr $1,526,000.00
View All Donors
Recent Articles
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Transparency USA | 04/13/2021

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Transparency USA | 04/09/2021

This article is Part 1 of a four-part series demonstrating how the money in a lobby sector can impact state politics and legislation. We’ve selected the Green Energy sector due to a resurgence of interest in a behind-the-scenes look at renewables following the 2021 snowstorms, but you can follow the money in any industry of …

Transparency USA | 03/30/2021

Last month, the bill attempting to ban taxpayer-funded lobbying appeared unlikely to make it out of the Texas House State Affairs Committee. The atmosphere has shifted in the last week, after so many people came to testify at a hearing for House Bill 749 that the meeting lasted until early the next morning. The sheer …

Transparency USA | 03/26/2021

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