Political Partisans Give $8 Million in Final Week

Could you give away $8 million in a week?

The state's top political financiers did just that during the last seven days, raising the stakes on the governor's race and, mostly, on a relatively small number of bare-knuckle Texas House races. The largest donors of the last week include the state's most influential tort-reform group, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, and some of the state's biggest trial lawyer interests, including the Mostyn Law Firm in Houston and the attorney-backed Texans for Insurance Reform. Dallas dentist David Alameel and his North Texas Leadership PAC dug deep as well.

Top Donors: 10/24 to 11/1

Donor Total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $986,357
Mostyn Law Firm $740,000
David Alameel $400,000
Texans for Insurance Reform $329,288
North Texas Leadership PAC $328,015
House Democratic Campaign Committee $259,745
North Cypress Medical Center $250,000
AFSCME $200,000
Bob Perry $165,000
The Republican Party of Texas $100,018

Source: Texas Ethics Commission

Not surprisingly, the biggest single beneficiaries were gubernatorial candidates Rick Perry and Bill White, who each raised enough in the last week to get elected to smaller offices, like the state House or Senate. Perry was just shy of a million dollars; White came in at $800,000.

Top Recipients: 10/24 to 11/1

Candidate Total
Texans For Rick Perry $977,539
William H. White $798,692
David Dewhurst Committee $413,100
North Texas Leadership PAC $400,000
House Democratic Campaign Committee $348,000
Coalition of Harris County Democratic Elected Officials PAC $315,000
Stefani Danielle Carter $313,046
Texans for Insurance Reform $258,000
Harris County Republican Party (CEC) $207,350
George E. Lavender $145,867

Source: Texas Ethics Commission

 

Steve and Amber Mostyn and their law firm have contributed at least $9.2 million so far this election cycle — by far the most of any single donor. And they played big through the last week, giving three-quarters of a million dollars to a collection of PACs and candidates.

Donations by Mostyn/Texans for Insurance Reform: 10/24 to 11/1

Candidate Total Donor
Coalition of Harris County Democratic Elected Officials $315,000 Mostyn
House Democratic Campaign Committee $250,000 Mostyn
Texans for Insurance Reform $100,000 Mostyn
First Tuesday $75,000 Mostyn
Stephen J. Frost $50,000 TIR
James R. Dunnam $50,000 TIR
Robert J. Miklos $49,563 TIR
Rick Molina $40,779 TIR
Diana M. Maldonado $39,028 TIR
Allen R. Vaught $32,525 TIR

Source: Texas Ethics Commission

The single largest donor of the last week, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, gave just under $1 million, all of it to Republican House candidates. Only one of them, Charles "Doc" Anderson of Waco, was an incumbent.

Donations by Texas for Lawsuit Reform: 10/24 to 11/1

Candidate Total
Stefani Danielle Carter $281,352
James F. Landtroop $113,900
George E. Lavender $107,485
Erwin A. Cain $88,861
James E. White $83,412
Marva E. Beck $74,222
Connie L. Scott $43,820
Larry D. Gonzales $42,750
William W. Zedler $41,569
Charles Anderson $27,981

Source: Texas Ethics Commission

The numbers include so-called "telegram reports" filed with the Texas Ethics Commission and posted on the agency's website by the end of the day Monday. The last full reports, filed a week ago with the state, include campaign finance data through Oct. 23. After that date, candidates and PACs have to report any contributions of more than $1,000 in the telegram reports detailed here.

Editor's note: The North Texas Leadership PAC generally supports Democrats. An earlier version of this story mischaracterized their political orientation.

 

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