Although disgraced Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen announced he would not seek reelection, he has not yet resigned, and he remains in control of more than $3.8 million. According to the most recent campaign finance reports released January 15, Bonnen has $824,334.01 in his campaign account and $2,996,243.90 in Texas Leads, a PAC established by Bonnen.
Texas REALTORS Political Action Committee
Texas Political Action Committee
$7,497,572Cash on Hand
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|$889,501.17||Texas Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee|
|$220,285.46||National Association of REALTORS Fund|
|$42,000.00||Mary Frances Burleson|
|$20,580.00||Austin Board of REALTORS Political Action Committee-N|
|$12,995.00||Chance A Brown|
|$10,000.00||Austin/Central TX Realty Information Service|
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|$317,995.44||Hyatt Regency Hotels|
|$166,502.05||MetroTex Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee (MetroTex-PAC)|
|$164,966.42||Austin Board of REALTORS Political Action Committee-N|
|$160,000.00||Eddie Lucio Jr Campaign|
|$116,799.10||National Association of REALTORS Fund|
|$75,385.49||Praters Foods Inc|
On May 4, 2019, residents of San Antonio cast their votes to elect their next mayor, whittling a crowded race among nine candidates down to just two. Incumbent Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Councilman Greg Brockhouse emerged far ahead of the rest of the field to advance to a runoff on June 8. Nirenberg won 49 percent of the vote, while Brockhouse won 46 percent. The remaining seven candidates in this nonpartisan race each won less than one percent of the votes cast.
1. Texas Association of REALTORS PAC ($35,867,910): The Realtors are the powerhouse of money in Texas politics. Yes, you might be surprised to find that your realtor’s professional dues support one of the most powerful — and certainly the most well-funded — PACs in Texas. What might be even more surprising is that the Texas Association of Realtors PAC (TREPAC) frequently uses its political heft to support liberal Republicans and the occasional Democrat. Apparently, this cycle, they believed their PAC account was too flush with cash, as they purchased more than $29 million of money market instrument mutual funds at Frost Bank. As for TREPAC’s donations directly to candidates, they appear to be motivated primarily by the desire to curry favor with those in power in Austin. They supported incumbents of every stripe in 2018, from the most conservative Republicans ($101,042 to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and $60,000 to State Sen. Don Huffines) to liberal Republicans and Democrats ($55,000 to State Rep. Charlie Geren and $50,000 to State Sen. John Whitmire). During the all-important and ideologically-revealing primary season, the Realtors tended to support the more moderate to liberal candidate in each race, including State Reps. Jason Villalba and Wayne Faircloth and State Sen. Kel Seliger this election season. TREPAC’s largest donation to a candidate this cycle was $140,000 to Cody Harris, a realtor himself, who won one of the most watched elections of the primary season to take the seat of retiring State Rep. Byron Cook. With more than $29 million in the bank, $6.7 million dollars cash-on-hand in their PAC account, and the proven willingness to spend it, the Realtors will be a formidable force in Texas politics for the foreseeable future.