Politics & Government

February 24, 2014

Davis, Abbott continue high pace of fund-raising

Davis, the Fort Worth Democratic state senator, and a fundraising partner out-raised Abbott’s campaign, but the Republican candidate had far more cash on hand to spend.

Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and a fundraising partner raised more money in the last month than the campaign of Attorney General Greg Abbott, but the Republican front-runner for governor had almost three times the amount of cash to spend.

The fundraising figures were released by both campaigns. Details of who gave and in what amounts, which had to be reported to the Texas Ethics Commission by midnight Monday, were not yet available.

The Davis campaign reported raising a combined $2.85 million. She counts money going into both her gubernatorial campaign and a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic group Battleground Texas, in addition to her old Texas Senate committee.

The gubernatorial campaign raised $1.6 million and the joint Texas Victory Committee raised about $1.2, her campaign said. The Senate committee "officeholder" account got only $2,000.

All told, Davis will report having $11.3 million in cash on hand for the three entities. Abbott, who raised $2.45 million over the latest reporting period, has about $30 million in the bank, his campaign said.

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