$100,000 Club – mega-donors to Texas statewide candidates


Although a couple from Gillespie County grabbed the headlines by recently contributing $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott‘s re-election campaign, ranchers Michael and Mary Porter are part of a bigger club.

The Porters are among 36 contributors who gave Abbott $100,000 or more in the final days of June. That enabled Abbott to build a $41 million war chest, based on his campaign finance report filed July 17.


Abbott, however, is not the sole statewide officeholder with a $100,000 club from the most recent campaign finance report, which covers Jan. 1 through June 30 (Statewide officeholders could not raise contributions for all but 12 days of that period because of the ban on accepting campaign contributions during the regular legislative session.)

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had four members and Attorney General Ken Paxton had one – the Republican Attorneys General Association. The rest of the statewide executive officeholders had none.

See these official’s total war chest in the gallery above and their biggest donors below. 


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Gov. Greg Abbott

$1,000,000 – Michael and Mary Porter, retired, Doss

$250,000 – S. Javaid Anwar, Midland Energy Inc., owner and president, Midland

$250,000 – Robert Rowling, TRT Holdings, Inc., investor, Dallas

$250,000 – Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Partners, chairman and CEO, Dallas

$250,000 – Drayton McLane Jr., McLane Group, Temple

$250,000 – James Pitcock Jr., Williams Brothers Construction, contractor, Houston

$250,000 – Paul Foster, Western Refining Corp., executive, El Paso

$250,000 – Robert Patton Jr., self-employed, investor, Fort Worth

$250,000 – Hushang Ansary, Stewart & Stevenson LLC, executive, Houston

$250,000 – Darwin Deason, retired, Dallas

$200,000 – Kenny Troutt, Mount Vernon Investments, executive, Dallas

$150,000 – H. Ross Perot, Jr., Hillwood Development Corp., executive, Dallas.

$150,000 – Gulf States Toyota Inc. Political Action Committee, Houston

$125,000 – Jeffery Hildebrand, Hilcorp Energy Co., executive, Houston

$125,000 – Ray Hunt, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dallas

$125,000 – Nancy Hunt, retired, Dallas

$100,000 – Edward Roski Jr., Majestic Realty Co., president and chairman, City of Industry, CA

$100,000 – Arch Aplin III, Bucc-ee’s Ltd., executive, Lake Jackson

$100,000 – Al Boenker III, Boenker Group of Companies, executive, Fort Worth

$100,000 – William Greehey, NuStar Energy/NuStar GP Holdings, chairman, San Antonio.

$100,000 – Richard R. Scott 1991 Trust, Wimberley

$100,000 – Ardon Moore, Lee M. Bass, Inc., investments, Fort Worth

$100,000 – Holloway Frost, retired, Houston

$100,000 – Reed Morian, DX Service Co., Inc., executive, Houston

$100,000 – Bradford Tucker, Mustang Cat, executive, Houston

$100,000 – L. Frederick Francis, Prime Capital Management, executive, El Paso

$100,000 – Brandon Steele, American State Bank, chairman of the board, Tyler

$100,000 – Lee Mitchell, Cinemark USA, executive, Dallas

$100,000 – Tilman Fertitta, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc., executive, Houston

$100,000 – Stacy Hock, retired, Austin

$100,000 – Political Action Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, Austin

$100,000 – Timothy Leach, COG Operating, LLC, chairman/chief executive officer, Midland

$100,000 – Robert Waltrip, Service Corp. International, founder and director emeritus, Houston

$100,000 – Ronald Rittenmeyer, Turnberry Advisors, LLC, chairman and CEO, Plano

$100,000 – Ryan Texas Political Action Committee, Dallas

$100,000 – H. Gary Heavin, Curves International, executive, Gatesville.

Lt. Gov Dan Patrick

$100,000 – Trammel Crow, Trammel Crow Co., investor, Dallas

$100,000 – Timothy Horner, Premier Designs, Inc., jeweler, Plano

$100,000 – Donald McGill, Don McGill Toyota, auto dealer, Katy

$100,000 – Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Partners, chairman and CEO, Dallas

Attorney General Ken Paxton

$100,000 – Republican Attorneys General Association, Washington, D.C.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar

No $100,000 or more contributions

Top two donors:

$25,000 – Tilman Fertitta, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc., executive Houston

$25,000 – Kathaleen Wall, retired, Houston

Land Commissioner George P. Bush

No $100,000 or more contributions

Top three donors:

$50,000 – William Becker, Peace River Citrus Products, president, Vero Beach, FL

$25,000 – C. Fred Cunningham II, retired, South Bend, IN

$25,000 — S. Javaid Anwar, Midland Energy Inc., owner and president, Midland

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

No $100,000 or more contributions

Top three donors:

$80,000 in-kind contribution, use of a bus for eight months to campaign, Richard Redalen, Exitcare, chief executive officer, Colleyville

$50,000 – Arun Agarwal – Nexxt, executive, Dallas

$50,000 – Donlie McMullin, Donlie McMullin Realty, owner, Copperas Cove

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick

No $100,000 or more contributions

Top six donors:

$25,000 – S. Javaid Anwar, Midland Energy, Inc., owner and president, Midland

$25,000 – Drayton McLane, McLane Group, chairman, Temple

$25,000 – Ray L. Hunt, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dallas

$25,000 – Cody C. Campbell, Double Eagle Development, owner, Fort Worth

$25,000 – James L. Davis, West Texas Gas, owner, Midland

$25,000 – John A. Sellers, Double Eagle Development, developer, Fort Worth

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