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Empower Texans PAC Writes $100,000 Checks to Paxton, Patrick for Runoff Fight

Empower Texans' political action committee gave state Sens. Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick $100,000 apiece, according to the latest campaign finance report.

Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state S...

Since the March 4 primary, Empower Texans' political action committee has put more money behind state Sens. Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick, both of whom are in primary runoff races for statewide office.

The PAC, run by activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, gave both Paxton and Patrick $100,000, according to a campaign finance report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. The PAC also reported $610,650 in contributions, with $600,000 coming from Midland oilman Tim Dunn. Dunn chairs the related Empower Texans Foundation and has long served as the PAC's leading benefactor.

The large donations are just the latest support the PAC is providing to Patrick and Paxton, who are running for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively. Last year, the PAC gave $275,000 each to the two state senators' campaign funds.

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