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Wendy Davis' fundraising figures from Tuesday that showed her raising slightly more money than her GOP rival for governor are now being questioned. The Tribune's Jay Root reports that the $11.2 million raised by Davis had more than $500,000 in "in-kind" contributions, including a concert by Willie Nelson valued at $250,000, as well as contributions that could benefit fellow Democratic candidates.
With those in-kind contributions factored in, Davis edged Greg Abbott's $11.1 million raised over the most recent fundraising period. Abbott, though, has $35.6 million in cash on hand, or close to three times the $12.8 million banked by Davis — a figure, by the way, that was $300,000 less than what her campaign announced on Tuesday.
"The lower-than-advertised cash figure and non-traditional accounting methods raise questions about how much money can be accurately attributed to Davis for the latest period, which ran from late February to the end of June," Root wrote. "And it has left Davis open to criticism from Abbott’s campaign, which has already used the complicated math to slam her previously."
The Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater also had follow-up coverage on Davis' fundraising figures, noting that her fundraising haul included "big contributions from Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn, labor unions and groups supporting abortion rights in her latest campaign report. She also got support from some big names in Hollywood."
He also called attention to Abbott's receipt of $25,000 from GM, which is being investigated in Texas and other states for its actions in recalling vehicles to address an ignition-switch defect.
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