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These Texas Lawmakers Have More Cash on Hand Than Donald Trump

Nearly a dozen-and-a-half Texans have more cash in the bank than Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016.

*Correction appended. 

When Donald Trump released campaign finance numbers on Monday revealing he had just $1.3 million in the bank at the end of May, collective jaws dropped. His presumptive opponent in the general presidential election, Hillary Clinton, reported having $42 million cash on hand. 

But while Trump's numbers are certainly low for a presidential candidate, they'd even be disappointing for some Texas candidates: 14 current Texas elected officials and three former or outgoing officials have more money in their campaign coffers than Trump.  

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has 17 times more cash on hand than Trump, as of last count; Democratic Houston Sen. John Whitmire had five times more in his account than the real estate mogul. 

Trump isn't worried. In a statement following the release of his numbers, he said his campaign is "leaner and more efficient, like the government should be."

Take a look at the Texans and Texas PACs that have more cash on hand than Trump:

More Cash Than Trump (Individuals)
Source: Texas Ethics Commission
FilerAs of:Cash on hand
Texans for Greg Abbott 12/31/15 $22,470,112
Texans for Joe Straus 2/20/16 $8,010,792
Texans for Dan Patrick 2/20/16 $7,832,161
John Whitmire 12/31/15 $6,625,684
Friends of Susan Combs 12/31/15 $5,001,529
Glenn Hegar Jr. 12/31/15 $3,206,751
George P. Bush 12/31/15 $3,005,492
Ken Paxton 12/31/15 $2,527,974
Rodney Ellis 12/31/15 $2,151,567
Todd Hunter 12/31/15 $1,815,633
Kel Seliger 12/31/15 $1,458,637
Royce West 12/31/15 $1,449,770
Kevin Eltife 12/31/15 $1,404,799
Kirk Watson 12/31/15 $1,384,990
[Troy] Fraser for Texas Senate 12/31/15 $1,364,789
Jane Nelson 12/31/15 $1,345,306
Christi Craddick 12/31/15 $1,331,927


Correction: A previous version of this story included several political action committees — the reports for which are not directly comparable to those for individual candidates. Those numbers have been omitted. It also reported a cash on hand number from an early report for Gary Gates Jr., who ran for Texas Railroad Commissioner. He no longer has more money on hand than Trump.

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