The first financial reports of the 2022 Texas Governor’s race show Gov. Abbott with a strong financial lead, but challengers may be able to use time to their advantage.
Texas Right To Life PAC
Texas Political Action Committee
$20,398Cash on Hand
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|$3,000.00||James & Elizabeth Graham|
|$1,500.00||James And Elizabeth Graham|
|$1,000.00||Michael Kathy & Eiler|
|$1,000.00||Timothy A Shell|
|$725.00||Mark And Deborah Potts|
|$680.00||Richard Kari & Beckman|
|$600.00||Alan B Dunn|
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|$20,698.62||Texas Right To Life Committee Inc.|
|$2,980.05||Campaign Marketing Strategies Inc|
|$1,267.30||US Postal Service|
|$250.00||Allman & Associates Inc|
Lobbying is big business in Austin. Over $667 million was spent by lobbyist clients to influence lawmakers during the 2020 election cycle (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020), with the vast majority of that spending occurring while the Texas legislature was convened in 2019. Yet only two percent of all those expenditures have a legislator’s name attached to them. That’s right. In the entire two-year cycle, only $12,944,291 ever made its way onto a detailed report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.
In session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics. Taxpayers foot a sizable chunk of the bill, accounting for as much as $110 million (over 16 percent of the total reported lobbying money) during the 2020 election cycle time period. Another $70,429,959 (also around 16 percent of the total) has spent using taxpayer dollars in the 2021 so far.