January 21, 2020

Hunt Couple Turn Against Targeted Republican Lawmaker
as Eagles Crooner Helps Fuel Dem Push to Reclaim Majority

Targeted Incumbents

GOP House Challengers

Open House Contests

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

Texas Fundraising
General Election 2020

House Races to Watch
Democratic Challengers
July-December 2019
Cash December 31

Shawn Terry (D)
House District 108
Jan 15 Report: $153,435
Total Donations: $388,725
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $192,932
Ann Johnson (D)
House District 134
Jan 15 Report: $58,287
Total Donations: $188,932
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $148,054
Joanna Cattanach (D)
House District 108
Jan 15 Report: $81,383
Total Donations: $144,948
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $65,043
Aimee Lopez (D)
House District 66
Jan 15 Report: $20,354
Total Donations: $20,354
Campaign Loans: $105,000
Cash on Hand: $109,923
Brandy Chambers (D)
House District 112
Jan 15 Report: $87,212
Total Donations: $116,060
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $72,470
Elizabeth Beck (D)
House District 97
Jan 15 Report: $64,678
Total Donations: $105,293
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $66,591
Lydia Bean (D)
House District 93
Jan 15 Report: $66,044
Total Donations: $90,674
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $71,877
Celina Montoya (D)
House District 121
Jan 15 Report: $66,209
Total Donations: $75,384
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $40,163
Tom Ervin (D)
House District 108
Jan 15 Report: $26,628
Total Donations: $68,378
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $32,717
Ruby Powers (D)
House District 134
Jan 15 Report: $43,015
Total Donations: $65,059
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $18,299
Lanny Bose (D)
House District 134
Jan 15 Report: $54,573
Total Donations: $54,573
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $40,871
Sharon Hirsch (D)
House District 66
Jan 15 Report: $34,521
Total Donations: $53,240
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $40,967
Tom Adair (D)
House District 67
Jan 15 Report: $43,036
Total Donations $43,036
Campaign Loans: $25,000
Cash on Hand: $36,647
Eric Holguin (D)
House District 32
Jan 15 Report: $42,331
Total Donations: $42,331
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $18,913
Rocio Hernandez (D)
House District 67
Jan 15 Report: $39,040
Total Donations $39,040
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $8,436
Rebecca DeFelice (D)
House District 121
Jan 15 Report: $33,156
Total Donations: $33,156
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $16,499
Natalie Hurtado (D)
House District 126
Jan 15 Report: $25,091
Total Donations: $25,441
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $11,752
Anthony Lo (D)
House District 67
Jan 15 Report: $8,285
Total Donations $19,212
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $8,845
Janet Dudding (D)
House District 14
Jan 15 Report: $16,481
Total Donations: $18,553
Campaign Loans: $2,509
Cash on Hand: $7,051
Angela Brewer (D)
House District 64
Jan 15 Report: $8,129
Total Donations: $12,394
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $2,528
Travis Boldt (D)
House District 29
Jan 15 Report: $10,455
Total Donations: $10,455
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $7,378
Alisa Simmons (D)
House District 94
Jan 15 Report: $5,186
Total Donations: $5,186
Campaign Loans: $1,000
Cash on Hand: $3,410
Sandra Moore (D)
House District 133
Jan 15 Report: $2,000
Total Donations: $4,200
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,502
Source: Texas
Ethics Commission

Legendary Texas rocker Don Henley has an improbable ally in a bid to flip the Texas House from red to blue this fall as a contributor to the same Democratic candidate that members of the Hunt family are supporting as well in 2020.

Dallas banker Shawn Terry received $5,000 from oil firm chief executive Hunter Hunt and $5,000 from his wife Stephanie Hunter in late December after scoring a $10,000 donation from the Eagles founding member and lead vocalist last fall for a bid for the seat that Republican State Rep. Morgan Meyer of Dallas is seeking again this year.

The Hunt and Henley money helped propel Terry to the top of the fundraising chart for Democrats who are taking aim at House seats that the GOP will be attempting to defend at the polls in November. Terry - a former Republican ran for Congress without success in 1998 - raised almost $389.000 last year with contributions of more than $153,000 in the past six months based on the report that he filed with the Texas Ethics Commission last week.

Houston attorney Ann Johnson was a distant second on the list of Democratic House hopefuls in the donor dollar derby in House races last year after rounding up nearly $189,000 in a quest for the seat that GOP State Rep. Sarah Davis of Houston hopes to protect at the ballot box in November.

Dallas Democrat Joanna Cattanach reported contributions of almost $145,000 in 2019 for a bid for a second shot at Meyer after losing to him by a razor-thin margin in the last election cycle when Democrats picked up a dozen seats in the Capitol's west wing.

A pair of lawyers in the Metroplex - Brandy Chambers of Garland and Elizabeth Beck of Fort Worth - were in a group of five Democrats in hit-list races who reported donations in the six-digit range last year in campaigns for seats that Republican State Reps. Angie Chen Button and Craig Goldman are fighting to keep in 2020.

Collin County physician Aimee Lopez was in an even smaller group of Democratic contenders who ended 2019 with six-figure campaign balances in targeted districts after getting a campaign to unseat GOP State Rep. Matt Shaheen of Plano off the ground with a loan of $105,000 from herself. Lopez raised more than $20,000 from donors as well after launching a bid for the House District 66 seat late last year.

Shaheen's war chest wasn't much larger last year after generating $145,000 in contributions as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in a House that Democrats could take back this fall with a net gain of eight or nine seats. But Goldman and Button raised more than double the amount of campaign cash that Beck and Chambers reported to the state for 2019 in contests that feature two of the ten most endangered House Republicans on paper this year.

Davis - the least conservative Republican in a chamber that she entered in 2011 - can expect to face her toughest test yet at the polls in November in the most Democratic district where the GOP will be playing defense while awaiting for a challenger to emerge from a primary field that contains Houston Democrats Lanny Bose and Ruby Powers as well as Johnson. A prolific fundraiser in the past as a perennial primary target for conservatives, Davis posted mediocre fundraising numbers by her own lofty standards with less than $115,000 in donations in 2019.

Johnson has her eye on a belated rematch with Davis in a district where the incumbent defeated her by almost 10 percentage points in her first re-election race in 2012. Chambers and Cattanach hope they've learned from experience as the Democratic nominees in 2018 in the districts where they running again. While Chambers has a clear path in the March primary election, Cattanach appears to face a major obstacle with Terry raising cash for the HD 108 race like gang busters since he entered the ring last year.

But Cattanach might have to beat Terry twice to regain the role of Democratic nominee in House District 108 where Meyer is running for a fourth term as the leading fundraiser among targeted incumbents for the GOP after rounding up almost $476,000 in the second half last year. A Democratic primary runoff could be a fairly safe bet in HD 108 where Democratic contender Tom Ervin has been a credible fundraiser as well with donations of $68,000 in 2019.

While Henley's name on the Terry contributor list comes as little surprise in a state where the Linden native who sang Hotel California and a long list of other Eagles hits also pumped $10,000 into the Chambers campaign for an impending rematch with Button. Henley gave $10,000 to freshman Democratic State Rep. Michelle Beckley of Carrollton as well for a re-election campaign in a district where she ousted a Republican incumbents in 2018.

But the appearance of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt's son and his spouse on the list of Terry donors might not sit well with some Republican loyalists in a state where the younger Hunt contributed $2,500 to Meyer in 2015 for his initial re-election race. Hunter Hunt worked for Republican George W. Bush's first presidential campaign in the late 1990s long before he assumed his current position as the chief executive officer at Hunt Consolidated Energy.

Hunter Hunt contributed thousands of dollars last year to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell - the majority leader who's the point man for the GOP in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Hunt has given money to former Republican state House speaker Joe Straus while contributing to GOP lawmakers like State Rep. Walter "Four" Price of Amarillo and State Senator Bob Hall - a hardline conservative from the northeast Texas town of Edgewood.

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