For those staying abreast of the money that backs political power, the upcoming mayoral race in Midland, Texas is one to watch. Although Midland is not among the largest cities in Texas, it has an outsized impact on the Texas and U.S. economies as the energy industry’s epicenter for oil exploration and production. Three candidates are facing off in hopes of becoming the next mayor of Midland.
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$12,842Cash on Hand
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|$13,000.00||United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Active|
|$1,500.00||Monica Alonzo Campaign|
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|$3,750.00||Texas Democratic Party|
|$1,600.00||Fts Group LLC|
|$1,573.00||Mexican American Democrats of Texas PAC|
|$1,401.84||Reilly Echols Printing Inc|
|$1,100.00||John Lopez Campaign|
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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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And these numbers may tell only part of the story. The totals don’t include any political donations these men and women have given to candidates in federal races, such as the O’Rourke vs. Cruz battle. Moreover, these numbers don’t reflect any donations given to 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations. Courts have ruled that these groups do not have to divulge their donors in order to protect the donors’ rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
TLR’s primary focus centers on stopping “frivolous lawsuits” and lawsuits involving “outrageous claims of damages.” Over the past two decades, TLR PAC has invested significant resources in helping elect men and women they believe will vote to strengthen protections for businesses and business owners against frivolous lawsuits. In the past TLR often found themselves on the opposite side of political fights from the powerful Texas Trial Lawyers Association, but as the organization has moved towards the center recently, TLR is now often pitted against more conservative organizations like Empower Texans.