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.
House of Representatives (D)
$33,388Cash on Hand
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|$107,944.39||Texas REALTORS PAC (DISSOLVED)|
|$32,000.00||Texas Optometric PAC|
|$21,019.71||HOMEPAC of the Texas Assn. of Builders|
|$19,000.00||Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC|
|$15,000.00||Russell T Kelley|
|$13,000.00||Austin Fire Fighters PAC|
|$12,500.00||Texas Land Title Association PAC|
|$11,112.94||Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND|
|$11,000.00||Michel Gray Rogers LLP|
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Top Personal Donations
From reports filed by the recipients of these funds, it appears these transactions originated from personal rather than campaign accounts.
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|$2,500.00||Travis County Democratic Party|
|$1,532.70||House Democratic Campaign Committee|
|$263.47||Austin Tejano Democrats PAC|
|$250.00||Austin Young Democrats|
|$250.00||Gina Calanni||Calanni, Gina N. (Ms.)|
|$250.00||Jon Rosenthal||Rosenthal, Jon E. (Mr.)|
|$100.00||South Austin Democrats PAC|
Election Day for the party primary runoffs in Texas is this upcoming Tuesday, July 14. All eyes are on elections for the Texas Legislature this round, because the results of these runoffs could have an outsized impact in November. Although primary elections were held back on March 3rd, 16 of those elections have proceeded to a runoff because no candidate was able to garner at least 50 percent of the vote.