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In an illustration, Greg Abbott overlooks the Texas Capitol and reflected buildings representing Texas cities.
Texas 2022 Elections

In Texas, where money has long dominated politics, Greg Abbott is in a league of his own

The two-term governor’s donors enjoy access, appointments to boards and commissions, and a chance to bend the ear of a politician who may harbor bigger ambitions.

“If a candidate takes millions of dollars from someone, you can be sure that they know who that donor is, know what that donor wants out of state government and are at least thinking carefully about giving the donor what they want.”

— Ian Vandewalker, who researches the influence of money in politics at the Brennan Center for Justice

A formidable war chest

“No shame, dial for dollars” 

Coveted board appointments 

“You make a large donation to the governor, and in turn you are eligible for appointment to the Board of Regents.”

— George McMahan, Lubbock developer

Good for business

“I definitely had input with the governor. I’ve been a supporter of the governor for years.”

— Tilman Fertitta, Abbott megadonor and Houston businessman

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