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July 17, 2019

Latina Hits Early Jackpot as GOP Contenders Raise
More Cash than Blue Wave Democrats in House Bids

Texas House GOP Fundraising

Texas Senate Fundraising

Texas Congress Fundraising

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

TEXAS HOUSE CASH
Blue Wave Democrats
Races to Watch 2020
January to July 2019
Cash on Hand June 30
House District 45
Erin Zwiener (D-Inc)
House District 45
Total Donations: $19,258
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $27,507
Carrie Isaac (R)
House District 45
Total Donations: $102,558
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $94,321
Austin Talley (R)
House District 45
Total Donations: $11,595
Campaign Loans: $19,600
Cash on Hand: $10,544
Kent "Bud" Wymore (R)
House District 45
Total Donations: $62,535
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $61,271
House District 47
Vikki Goodwin (D-Inc)
House District 47
Total Donations: $17,055
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $36,850
Jenny Roan Forgey (R)
House District 47
Total Donations: $36,900
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $23,512
Aaron Reitz (R)
House District 47
Total Donations: $23,488
Campaign Loans: $10,025
Cash on Hand: $23,488
Don Zimmerman (R)
House District 47
Total Donations: $37,658
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $36,323
House District 65
Michelle Beckley (D-Inc)
House District 65
Total Donations: $15,335
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $28,910
Ron Simmons (R)
House District 65
Total Donations: $0
Campaign Loans: $100,000
Cash on Hand: $128,647
House District 114
John Turner (D-Inc)
House District 114
Total Donations: $35,446
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $209,892
Luisa Del Rosal (R)
House District 114
Total Donations: $160,633
Campaign Loans: $10,000
Cash on Hand: $151,623
House District 132
Gina Calanni (D-Inc)
House District 132
Total Donations: $8,791
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $15,328
Mike Schofield (R)
House District 132
Total Donations: $0
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $139,156
House District 135
Jon Rosenthal (D-Inc)
House District 135
Total Donations: $9,568
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $13,111
Justin Ray (R)
House District 135
Total Donations: $35,671
Campaign Loans: $2,500
Cash on Hand: $27,411
Source: Texas
Ethics Commission

A Texas House battle in the Dallas area has the potential to be the most expensive race on the lower chamber battlefield in 2020 in light of a potential challenger's initial fundraising efforts in a district that Democrats flipped from red to blue last fall.

Dallas Republican Luisa Del Rosal rounded up more than $160,000 from donors in less than two months in a bid for the seat that Democratic State Rep. John Turner captured in November in one of the highest-priced contests for the House in 2018.

More than half of Del Rosal's initial funding came from a half-dozen supporters who've been some of the GOP's biggest contributors in the Lone Star State for years. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States legally, Del Rosal has golden connections as the executive director of the John Tower Center at Southern Methodist University.

Del Rosal's campaign treasurer is Jeanne Tower Cox - the daughter of the late U.S. senator for whom the institution at SMU where the House candidate works is named.

The presence of Texans for Lawsuit Reform founder Dick Weekley of Houston and investors Harlan Crow of Dallas and Woody Hunt of El Paso on Del Rosal's first fundraising support indicates that she will have the GOP establishment in Texas united behind her campaign in House District 114. Crow has been Del Rosal's most valuable supporter up to now after giving her $50,000 for the campaign in the House district that had been trending steadily Democratic before Turner won there.

Del Rosal was one of two House hopefuls for the GOP with six-figure campaign cash hauls in the first half of 2019 in bids to reclaim seats that Democrats won last year when a blue wave swept a dozen seats into the minority party's column in the Capitol's west wing.

Carrie Isaac - a Dripping Springs Republican whose husband served in the House - raised almost $103,000 in a three-month span in a quest for the seat that freshman Democratic State Rep. Erin Zwiener will attempt to defend next year in a district on the outer edge of the Austin area.

A pair of GOP primary rivals in House District 45 - Austin Talley of Kyle and Kent "Bud" Wymore of Driftwood - both generated more money in the opening half of the current calendar year than Zwiener when donor support and personal loans are added into the mix. Wymore raised nearly $63,000 in the past two months while Talley corralled almost $12,000 from contributors to go with a $19,600 loan.

Turner and Zwiener reported contributions of about $35,000 and $19,000 respectively on the reports that they filed with the Texas Ethics Commission this week for the six-month period that ended on June 30. The potential GOP foes in HD 45 and HD 114 got a head start in the donor dollar derby on the Democratic incumbents who were prohibited from raising campaign cash until the ban on contributions during the 2019 regular session ended a month ago.

With Democrats in position to take the House majority back with a nice-seat net gain at the polls in 2020, GOP victories in any of the districts that freshmen Dems wrestled from the Republicans last year could doom the current minority party's hopes for a return to power west of the rotunda in Austin.

Three Republicans raised more money from donors in the first half of 2019 than rookie Democratic State Rep. Vikki Goodwin of Austin. Goodwin - one of the 12 Democrats who picked up House seats last fall - reported donations of $17,000 last month for her first re-election race in House District 47.

Former Austin City Council member Don Zimmerman and Jenny Roan Forgey generated almost $38,000 and $37,000 respectively from contributors in bids for the GOP nomination in HD 47 where Aaron Reitz also is running in 2020. Reitz topped off a loan of $10,025 with more than $23,000 that he raised from donors as a Republican who will attempt to run to the right of his primary opponents in round one.

Jersey Village Republican Justin Ray - a former mayor in the suburb where he's based - raised almost four times as much from contributors than freshman Democratic State Rep. Jon Rosenthal of Houston pulled in after the session fundraising ban expired last month.

Ray reported contributions of almost $36,000 as a candidate who started raising money for the House District 135 in February. Rosenthal, who's one of the three or four most vulnerable Democratic House rookies on paper, raised less than $10,000 in the final two weeks of June.

 

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