31 Staples Contributors of $10,000 or Over

$173,899 Associated Republicans of Texas

$50,000 Nat'l Republican Congressional Comm.

$36,000 Associated Builders & Contractors PAC

$32,500 *Bob J. Perry, Perry Homes

$28,000 HOMEPAC of Texas Inc., home builders' PAC

$25,000 Rick Perry

$25,000 Florence Shapiro, State Senate State Affairs Comm. chair

$25,000 Robert L. Duncan, State Sen. Criminal Justice Comm. vice chair

$25,000 Robert H.Graham, CEO AIM Mgmt. Group (mutual funds)

$22,531 Republican Party of Texas

$21,751 *Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

$20,000 *Texas Medical Association PAC

$20,000 Albert D.Huddleston, Hyperion Resources Inc. exec (oil/gas)

$20,000 Bill Ratliff, State Senate Finance Chair

$20,000 Teel Bivens, State Senate Education Chair

$20,000 David Sibley, State Sen. Econ. Dev./Utility Restructuring chair

$16,749 TREPAC, Texas real estate PAC

$15,000 Texas Restaurant Assoc. State PAC

$12,500 Texas Dental Association PAC

$12,000 TX Senate Republican Campaign Comm.

$10,000 *Joseph & Suzanne J. Collmer, Collmer Semiconductors

$10,000 Jeff Wentworth, State Senate Nominations Com. Chair

$10,000 Chris Harris, State Senate Administration Comm. chair

$10,000 *James R. & Cecelia Leininger, Kinetic Concepts owner; tort/voucher guy

$10,000 James M. Mansour, Chair, Putting Children 1st; telecom exec

$10,000 John V. Lattimore, Lattimore Properties; Lattimore Materials

$10,000 *James D. Pitcock, CEO Williams Bros. Construction

$10,000 J. Ralph Ellis, investor

$10,000 *Robert C. McNair, Heads Cogen Technologies (elec. utility)

$10,000 J. Neal Garland, Garland Minerals Corp. (oil/gas)

$10,000 * Louis Beecherl, Beecherl Investments (diversified oil)


* Major tort-reform backer

Biggest contributors are major GOP/tort reform/business sources, and supporters of private school vouchers. Note also concentration of Senate chairs who could lose their chairmanships in a Democratic Senate.

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