Now that lawmakers have convened in Austin, private citizens and PACs are no longer able to make political contributions, so the sole financial influence on lawmakers during the legislative session comes from lobbyists. In fact, in session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics — and taxpayers are footing the bill for a lot of it. This look at the City of Houston is the first installment in our series analyzing the top taxpayer-funded entities in Texas.
Clinton Wells Jr.
Family District Court Judge (D)
$51,953Cash on Hand
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|$5,000.00||Daniel David Horowitz III|
|$3,303.14||Dennis M Slate Attorney at Law|
|$3,000.00||Ricardo L Ramos PLLC|
|$2,000.00||UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 211 PAC|
|$1,500.00||Alan B Daughtry|
|$1,500.00||Bobby K Newman|
|$1,500.00||Catherine Herrington Hale|
|$1,500.00||Daniel N Gray|
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|$2,800.00||K Chace Consulting|
|$2,500.00||Next Wave Consulting|
|$1,875.00||Harris County Democratic Party (P)|
|$1,400.00||Texas Ethics Commission|
To find some of the most influential people in Austin, look no further than the lobbyists employed by hundreds of entities across the state of Texas. The highest paid lobbyists in Texas politics are hired by organizations willing to spend significant resources persuading lawmakers to support legislation that is favorable to their interests.
(10) T. Dan Friedkin – Owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, the largest private company in Houston. In 2016, according to Forbes, Mr. Friedkin ranked as the 162nd wealthiest person in the United States. In his spare time, Mr. Friedkin flies World War II-era P-51 Mustangs with an aerial acrobatic troupe. Over the course of the last election cycle he gave $807,602 to Texas candidates and PACs.