Tribpedia: Jack Mcdonald

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Jack McDonald is an Austin-based businessman and Democrat who ran for Texas Congressional District 10 in 2009. He dropped his bid three months before the primary elections in March 2010 saying "this is not the right time for me to run." Up until he exited the race, the novice candidate had raised nearly $1 million as of the end of ...

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Only TX Incumbents End Year With >$1 Million

Search our interactive chart, which details campaign financing by Texas candidates for U.S. Congress during 2009.
Search our interactive chart, which details campaign financing by Texas candidates for U.S. Congress during 2009.

The six Texas congressional candidates who ended the year with $1 million or more on hand are incumbents. Only two of the candidates with the 20 biggest bank accounts are not.

Democrat Jack McDonald
Democrat Jack McDonald

McDonald Offers Refunds to Contributors

Democrat Jack McDonald surprised his supporters last month by dropping his 10-month bid for Congress. He said at the time he'd give money back to donors who want it back. Now come the details, in an email from the candidate to supporters.

The Ways Former Candidates Unload Campaign Cash

Let's say you're a donor to a candidate or an elected official who quits a race mid-campaign or chooses to not run for reelection. What if you made a contribution to one of the nine Texas legislators who decided not to seek reelection this year, or to a former diplomat who toyed with a bid for governor but ultimately thought better of it, or to a tech executive who considered a challenge to a member of Congress but decided against running at the last minute? What happens to your money?