Texas Finance Summary
The 2020 General Election was on November 3rd
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Texas Government:

Governor: Greg Abbott (R)

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick (R)

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (R)

Land Commissioner: George P. Bush (R)

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (R)

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller (R)

Railroad Commissioners: Christi Craddick (R), Wayne Christian (R), and James Wright (R). Railroad Commissioners are up for reelection every six years, in alternating terms.

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Campaign Finance Snapshot
Total Contributions
Candidate Contributions
PAC Contributions
Total Expenditures
Candidate Expenditures
PAC Expenditures
Top Candidates
CandidateTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
Greg Abbott $33,075,086.99$39,541,491.79
Dan Patrick $13,163,234.46$3,563,906.19
Joe Straus III $9,333,712.96$7,479,089.29
Ken Paxton $3,479,074.19$1,298,741.81
Glenn Hegar $2,767,479.49$2,946,856.59
Jose Menendez $1,759,409.55$1,521,031.35
Bryan Hughes $1,748,325.08$1,555,886.80
Todd Hunter $1,632,934.12$844,945.92
Dawn Buckingham $1,578,463.76$2,117,918.27
Charles Geren $1,540,449.39$1,427,558.72
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Top PACs
PACTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
Texas REALTORS Political Action Committee $8,885,779.00$28,802,821.86
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC $8,317,709.83$4,820,893.96
Texas REALTORS Issues Mobilization PAC $7,920,947.61$16,410,561.53
BNSF Railway Company RAILPAC $3,422,833.25$437,879.64
Union Pacific Corp. Fund For Effective Government $3,174,968.68$635,398.66
Republican State Leadership Committee PAC and Individual Account $2,680,014.00$2,112,898.51
Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund $2,617,261.31$2,537,032.06
Border Health PAC $2,617,103.56$2,573,849.47
United Services Automobile Association Employee PAC $2,586,434.41$756,959.47
Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee $2,337,839.90$1,464,078.38
View All PACs
Top Lobbyists
LobbyistLobbyist BusinessMin AmountMax Amount
Mark Vane Attorney$2,620,013.00$5,354,999.19
Andrea McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$2,700,001.00$5,209,999.45
Royce Pabst Poinsett Attorney$2,420,024.00$4,939,999.20
Stan Schlueter Political Consultant$3,160,000.00$4,874,999.63
Dean R McWilliams McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants$2,490,010.00$4,749,999.43
Michael Toomey $2,375,001.00$4,409,999.50
Todd M Smith Impact Texas Communicaions, LLP$3,320,001.00$4,259,999.78
Christopher S Shields $2,180,000.00$4,099,999.48
William G Phenix Government Affairs Consultant$2,160,000.00$4,099,999.46
Brian G Yarbrough Attorney$2,010,000.00$4,024,999.55
View All Lobbying
Recent Articles
Kalyn Stralow | 01/25/2021

Earlier this month, Transparency USA created a survey asking our Texas audience to help shape our content for the Texas Legislative Session. You weighed in on the topics that are most helpful as you seek the answers you need about the money in Texas politics. We wanted to share those results with you. Thanks to those …

Contributing Writer | 01/20/2021

Now that lawmakers have convened in Austin, private citizens and PACs are no longer able to make political contributions, so the sole financial influence on lawmakers during the legislative session comes from lobbyists. In fact, in session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics — and taxpayers are …

Contributing Writer | 01/20/2021

For the 2020 election cycle (2019 – 2020), more than $109 million in taxpayer dollars was being spent to lobby Austin politicians. With our Lobbying Data feature, Texans can see which organizations hired lobbyists, who they hired, and how much they spent. In addition to pulling back the curtain on lobbying — the largest source …

Tracy Marshall | 01/19/2021

Transparency USA’s Texas Lobbying Data is a user-friendly database offering the most comprehensive, searchable source of information on the money spent to lobby Texas representatives in Austin.  You can see the names of the lobbyists who are “wining and dining” and seeking to persuade Texas politicians to vote in their favor. You can also see …

Contributing Writer | 01/12/2021

**Editor’s Note: Since this article went live, the Texas House formally elected Dade Phelan as Speaker of the House.** Texas House Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) is expected to be the next Texas Speaker of the House to replace outgoing Speaker Dennis Bonnen.  After announcing a list of 83 members supporting his bid in November, Phelan …