The Texas Association of REALTORS and their associated PACs are arguably the most well-funded in the state, as more money passed through them in the 2016 election cycle than any other PAC. The Realtors are also one of the most well-known interest groups in Austin, and have been for years.
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|$12,158.22||Texas Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee|
|$5,000.00||Rural Friends of Texas Electric Cooperatives|
|$5,000.00||Texas Automobile Dealers Assn PAC|
|$3,500.00||The Chickasaw Nation|
|$3,000.00||United Services Automobile Association Employee PAC|
|$2,500.00||Associated General Contractors of Texas PAC|
|$2,500.00||Carriage House Partners LLC|
|$2,500.00||Chesapeake Energy Corporation Fed PAC|
|$2,500.00||National Cutting Horse Association Texas Events PAC|
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|$750,000.00||First Commercial Bank|
|$25,000.00||Leading Texas Forward PAC|
|$23,800.00||Guadalupe County Livestock Show|
|$22,210.00||SoCo on the Lake Apartments|
|$18,950.00||Guadalupe County Youth Livestock Show|
|$13,800.00||Wade Busby Memorial Fundraiser|
|$13,600.00||Murphy Nasica & Associates|
|$8,750.00||Alan Dreibrodt Memorial Foundation|
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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.