Organizations like political action committees or industry associations can also give directly to candidate campaigns.
The organizations that donated the most money to Abbott this reporting period have previously given to the governor. Top donor Q PAC, a Fort Worth private investment firm, gave $275,000, while Santa Rosa Ranches gave $265,000. In addition, both Gulf States Toyota Inc. State PAC and HillCo PAC, which are tied to billionaire Dan Friedkin and an Austin lobbyist firm, respectively, have also donated to Abbott in the past.
O’Rourke’s Powered by People PAC gave $1.7 million to his own campaign, which were in-kind donations, mainly for its email list. The other organizations on the list are law firms and other political action committees.