The major party gubernatorial candidates' 30-day campaign reports are now available online, offering political observers more detail about their fundraising from July 1 to Sept. 23.
What jumps out is the disparity in the timing of their spending. Gov. Rick Perry, who reported $10 million in the bank, spent just $3.9 million. His Democratic opponent, Bill White, spent much more: $11 million. That's the reason White has much less money in the bank when the reporting period ended. But it doesn't necessarily mean the Perry camp has a big financial advantage; it may have simply spent the bulk of its money in the last seven days — after the filing deadline — while White purchased ads earlier, to run later.
We'll be poring over the data today for more information. (You can, too. Download here.) Meanwhile, here are the top five donors to each campaign:
White's Top Five Donors
|Democratic Governors Association Non-Federal Labor PAC||$500,000|
|Robert L. Patton||$125,000|
|American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees-AFL-CIO||$100,000|
|American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO COPE||$100,000|
|Jeffrey Todd Mitchell||$80,000|
Perry's Top Five Donors
|Gulf States Toyota State PAC||$125,000|