New campaign finance reports filed in October show that Texans gave another $5 million to Super PACs, which are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of political candidates, bringing the overall total up to $83.1 million. We have updated the numbers in our interactive with the latest information.
Reports are due in October by super PACs that file quarterly, in addition to the groups that file every month, which means this round includes more contributions.
Houston homebuilder Bob Perry donated another $1.4 million, bringing his overall contributions to Super PACs to $18.2 million. Perry gave $1 million to Independence Virginia PAC, a group that supports George Allen, a Republican candidate for a Virginia U.S. Senate seat. Perry also gave $250,000 to Freedom PAC. He gave another $200,000 to the Texas Conservatives Fund, bringing his total to that group up to $600,000. Harold Simmons also gave another $100,000 to the Texas Conservatives Fund, bringing his total up to $1.1 million.
Want to take a look at the raw data? The Sunlight Foundation —the source used to create this interactive — has made the the complete list of donors available for download here.
Each color on the chart represents one of the top 10 super PAC recipients of Texas money. To view the individual donors who have given at least $10,000 to a group, click on the PAC to zoom in.
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