8/8/15, "Ted Cruz leads pack in Texas money race," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Anna M. Tinsley
"The votes won’t come until next year, but North Texans are already busy weighing in on the 2016 race for the White House.
They, like others nationwide, are voicing support for candidates the only way they know how — with their pocketbooks.
Texas donors, including scores from Tarrant County, have sent over
$11.5 million to more than a dozen candidates. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of
Texas drew the most for Republicans, at $5.7 million, and former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the way for Democrats, at $2
And political observers say this is just the beginning.
gifts until now are seed money,” said Jim Riddlesperger, a political
science professor at TCU. “They are just trying to get their ‘favorite
sons’ into a position where they can take advantage of opportunity
should it arise.
“Serious money will begin to pour into candidates
who look as if they are viable,” he said. “This will be a very
expensive campaign, but the contributions so far are only small
pittances. Big money will come when there is ‘mist clearing’ and there
are only two or three serious candidates for the nomination.”
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the only other candidate to join Cruz and
Clinton in Texas’ $1 million club, picking up $1.1 million during the
Federal Election Commission’s second fundraising quarter.
and Cruz are the principal beneficiaries of Texas donations to date as a
result of both their robust political roots and networks in the state,
as well as their very strong appeal to distinct types of donors: Bush to
establishment conservatives and Cruz to movement conservatives,” said
Mark P. Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio,
R-Florida, topped the half-million-dollar mark, picking up $626,024 and
“Perry’s donations are tending to come
mostly from Perry loyalists, who while not believing he has a realistic
prospect of victory, out of personal and/or political loyalty feel an
obligation to support his presidential bid,” Jones said.
Here’s a look at some of the local donations through the most recent reporting period,
from April through June. Donors can give $2,700 per candidate for the
primary election. The next reports won’t be out until mid-October.
Texas’ junior senator picked up more than 8,600 donations statewide.
Notable local donations included $7,000 from members of Fort Worth’s
Moncrief oil family, W.A. Moncrief Jr., C.B. Moncrief and Gloria
Moncrief Holmsten; $2,700 from former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks of
Dallas; and $2,500 from Ken Hill Sr., founder of National Health
Hillary Clinton: The former first lady
and senator has a support system in Tarrant County left over from her
2008 presidential bid. She picked up 2,169 Texas donations, including
$2,700 from Houston attorney Amber Mostyn, who was born and raised in
Fort Worth; $2,700 from Fort Worth attorney Jason Smith; and $2,700 from
Fort Worth attorney Dwain Dent.
Jeb Bush: The
Texas-born Republican — son of former President George H.W. Bush and
brother of former President George W. Bush — received more than 550
Texas donations, including $2,700 from Fort Worth’s Kit Moncrief, $2,700
from Fort Worth’s Mercedes Bass, $2,700 from Charlie Moncrief and
$2,700 from Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
The second-time GOP presidential candidate landed 405 donations from
Texans, including $1,000 from Mercedes Bass; $500 from state Rep. Bill
Zedler, R-Arlington; $250 from Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess of
Mansfield; and $2,700 from San Antonio car dealer Red McCombs.
The senator garnered 1,091 Texas donations, including $2,000 from
Richard Moncrief of Fort Worth, $2,700 from Fort Worth attorney Dee
Kelly Jr. and $2,700 from Hicks.
Rand Paul: The
Texas-raised son of former congressman and GOP presidential candidate
Ron Paul received 910 donations from Texas, including $1,000 from state
Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and $2,700 from Bruce Ferguson, a
Lockheed Martin engineer.
Ben Carson: The
Detroit-born Republican neurosurgeon and author landed 1,872 donations
from Texans, including $1,000 from Malcolm Louden of Fort Worth’s Walsh
Holdings and $100 from Stephen Seleny, headmaster emeritus of the
Trinity Valley School.
Mike Huckabee: The
Republican former Arkansas governor, a Fort Worth-trained minister
turned politician, picked up 189 donations from Texas, a few of which
came from Tarrant County. His donors include state Rep. Jim Keffer,
R-Eastland, who contributed $2,700.
The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, who ran for the GOP
nomination in 2012, has been a frequent visitor to Texas, where he
received 116 donations. But only a few were from Tarrant County,
including $1,100 from Julie McCarty of Grapevine, president of the NE
Tarrant Tea Party.
Bernie Sanders: The Vermont
senator — an independent in Congress who is running as a Democrat for
president — has made several campaign visits to Texas and picked up 517
donations. Three-fourths of those were for $200 or less, and nine of
those small donations came from Tarrant County.
The Austin-born former Hewlett-Packard CEO, a Republican who ran for
Senate in California in 2010, landed 164 donations from Texas. Ten of
those were from Tarrant County, all from Daniel Moughon, who is
self-employed and donated $7 to $100 each time. Former state Comptroller
Susan Combs of Austin sent in $1,000.
The Republican senator from South Carolina received 13 donations from
Texas, including one from Tarrant County — $1,000 from Fort Worth’s Jill
Busch, who is in real estate.
The Democratic former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor received 13
donations from Texas, none from Tarrant County. He did receive $2,700
each from Russell and Dorothy Budd of Dallas, well-known Democratic
Bobby Jindal: The Republican
governor of Louisiana picked up 15 donations totaling more than $20,000
from Texas. None were from Tarrant County.
The Republican attorney and former New York governor received four
donations from Texas totaling $1,750. Two were from Dallas, one from
Houston and one from Rockport.
Texas is one of the top places that presidential candidates — particularly Republicans — look to for funding.
And that’s a good reason many of them will likely make trips here before next year’s primary.
County can expect visits from the GOP presidential candidates, both to
raise money as well as campaign as they gear up for the pivotal March 1
Texas primary,” Jones said.
“In particular, it is likely that all
of the major candidates still standing during the latter half of
February will make at least one visit to Tarrant County immediately
prior to the state’s March 1 primary, which will be the marquee event on
that date,” he said. “Texas is far and away the most important prize.”" via Free Rep.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ted Cruz leads pack in Texas fundraising with $5.7 million, compared to $1.1 million for Jeb Bush, and $646,024 for Rick Perry, per FEC-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
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