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Patrick Pulled in Hefty Donations After Election

Contributions continued to pour into Dan Patrick's campaign even after the Houston Republican won the lieutenant governor's race in November, finance reports show.

Dan Patrick at a press conference on Jan. 15, 2015.

Contributions continued to pour into the Dan Patrick campaign even after the Houston Republican won the lieutenant governor's race in November, the most recent finance reports show. 

Patrick raked in $2.6 million between October and December, with many large donations rolling in after the Nov. 4 election, including $50,000 from Dallas telecommunications billionaire Kenny Troutt, $125,000 from the Border Health PAC, $50,000 from the Kickapoo Tribe and $25,000 from the Texas Association of Realtors.

Patrick also enjoyed several lavish fundraisers: a $17,000 event thrown by HillCo, an Austin-based lobbying firm; a $10,000 event hosted by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones; and an $8,000 event given by Dallas tax consultant Brint Ryan. Heading into the 2015 legislative session, Patrick has almost $4 million in his campaign account.

Among Patrick's other top donors are Texans for Lawsuit Reform, which gave his campaign $125,000; Julianna Holt, the wife of San Antonio businessman Peter Holt, who gave $50,000; and Houston businessman Hushang Ansary, who gave $50,000.

Several members of Patrick's new Lieutenant Governor's Advisory Boards also gave large contributions over the last four months. Dallas hoteliers Barry Andrews and Bob Rowling both gave $25,000, Midland oilman Tim Dunn gave $50,000, Dallas energy mogul Kelcy Warren gave $50,000, and Brint Ryan's Ryan PAC gave $25,000.

Ryan McCrimmon contributed reporting to this story.

Disclosure: HillCo Partners and the Texas Association of Realtors have been corporate sponsors of The Texas Tribune. Bob Rowling has been a major donor. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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