Campaign Gravy Fattens Coffers
The usual suspects drop a load of late money into Keel campaign
But HD 47 is a cash dumping ground, with almost $225,000 dropped into Donna Keel's campaign to remove incumbent Dem Valinda Bolton. On top of $140,000 from the Republican Party of Texas, there's $10,000 from GOP sugar daddy Jim Leininger, $10,000 from Bob "Swift boat" Perry's Empower Texans PAC, and $7,500 from Clayton Williams, the Midland oilman who lost the 1990 gubernatorial race to Ann Richards after making rape jokes. Bolton's not short of money either, with donations from a mix of industry and union political action committees and from fellow state reps including Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, and Garnet Coleman, D-Houston.
That's small change compared to Williamson County's HD 52 race, where Republicans have dropped more than half a million dollars into Bryan Daniel's war chest (including $224,000 from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and $125,000 from Speaker Tom Craddick's Stars Over Texas PAC) against Dem hopeful Diana Maldonado. It's similar numbers for GOPer Tim Kleinschmidt in HD 17 ($60,000 from Perry, $110,000 from Stars Over Texas) against Democrat Donnie Dippel.
(Raised / Spent / Cash on hand)
Donnie Dippel (D): $323,462 / $84,066 / $49,085
Tim Kleinschmidt (R): $492,483 / $249,254 / $102,642
Valinda Bolton (D)*: $131,181 / $167,736 / $54,197
Donna Keel (R): $224,828 / $122,569 / $22,823
Donna Howard (D)*: $53,411 / $13,944 / $100,202
Pam Waggoner (R): $6,350 / $11,780 / $7,702
Mark Strama (D)*: $56,470 / $54,612 / $71,653
Jerry Mikus (R): $3,249 / $3,628 / $2,802
Diana Maldonado (D): $304,649 / $365,697 / $102,316
Bryan Daniel (R): $587,550 / $319,922 / $87,719