But this year was different. Governor Greg Abbott called legislators back to Austin this summer from July 18 – August 15 for a “Special Session” to address what Gov. Abbott considered unfinished business from the regular session. Unlike the regular session, there was no moratorium on politicians receiving donations during the special session. They could legally take money from those in Austin seeking to influence legislation. Some lawmakers publicly announced they wouldn’t take donations during the special session, while others remained silent. Several prominent elected officials took donations up until the day before the special session began, and then turned off the flow of money once the session began.
State Senate (R)
$1,758,408Cash on Hand
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|$96,400.00||Associated General Contractors of Texas PAC|
|$50,000.00||James D Pitcock Jr|
|$40,000.00||John & Anne Weisman|
|$30,000.00||Robert C and Pamela Lanham Jr|
|$25,000.00||Larry K Durrett|
|$10,000.00||J Willard Johnson|
|$7,500.00||Union Pacific Corporation Fund for Effective Government Federal|
|$5,000.00||General Motors Company PAC (Gm PAC)|
|$5,000.00||James I Perkins|
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From reports filed by the recipients of these funds, it appears these transactions originated from personal rather than campaign accounts.
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|$2,240.00||North Shore Republican Women|
|$1,500.00||Nacodgoches County Republican Party Executive Committee|
|$1,375.00||Lake Conroe Area Republican Women PAC|
|$1,100.00||San Jacinto County - Republican Party|
|$1,000.00||Cherokee County Republican Women|
|$750.00||Liberty Belles Republican Women|
|$566.00||Texas Federation of Republican Women PAC|
|$540.00||Republican Women of Trinity County|
|$500.00||Republican Club of Polk County|
In the last election cycle Mr. Pitcock donated to both Republicans and Democrats. However, his contributions to the state’s power holders were significantly larger than to other candidates and officeholders. This political donation strategy suggests that Mr. Pitcock seeks to facilitate good will from those who have the power to impact his business, rather than to promote one political ideology over another.