A small business owner and Air Force veteran, Matt Beebe twice before ran unsuccessfully against Speaker Straus; the 2018 primary was his third attempt at the HD 121 seat. Steve Allison, a 71-year old lawyer, received the backing of the liberal outgoing Speaker. The primary race in March saw six candidates vying for the seat, with Beebe finishing first at 29.56% and Allison close on his heels netting 26.34% of the first round of ballots. Ultimately, in the runoff, Allison was able to marshal enough resources and support from the district to overtake Beebe.
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|$27,600.00||Texas Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee|
|$25,000.00||Texans for Chris Paddie|
|$15,000.00||AT&T Inc Texas Political Action Committee|
|$15,000.00||Texas Leads PAC|
|$7,500.00||Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC|
|$7,500.00||Texas Bankers Association Bankers PAC|
|$7,500.00||Texas Oil and Gas Association Good Government Committee|
|$7,000.00||Patsy and Gene K Ponder|
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|$133,386.42||Murphy Nasica & Associates|
|$65,276.71||Lilly & Company|
|$50,000.00||Leading Texas Forward PAC|
|$41,795.85||The Catherine Apartments|
|$41,204.35||Chase Bank Visa|
|$25,000.00||Chris Paddie Campaign|
|$24,221.49||John Buxie II|
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During the previous two legislative sessions, Tesla’s lobbying efforts failed. First, Tesla’s adversaries in the established auto-dealer industry were well-funded and well-organized. Second, lawmakers didn’t like the fact that Tesla’s proposed bill essentially created a “carve-out” for them, but no one else.