|Abbott had a particularly great first few weeks of 2014 raising $3.5 million dollars to Davis' $913.000 in that same period. That brings the total contributions raised by each candidate to $17 million and $16 million respectfully. But, the bottomline is Wendy Davis remains competitive in fundraising and her ability to sustain that support with more donors should be encouraging to her supporters.
Wendy Davis' totals are a culmination of 3 separate PACs with the same goal of electing her as the next Governor of Texas. For a full explanation view this detailed post by Burnt Orange Report Publisher Katherine Haenschen.
Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc.: $1,621,836
Wendy R. Davis Candidate/Officeholder: $2,035
Texas Victory Committee, Inc.: $1,221,239
Beyond the necessary requirement to compete raising funds is the need to build a large and diverse donor base. The Davis campaign reports over 14,000 new contributors in the latest filing period bringing their total number of donors to over 91,000. Since Davis has announced for Governor she has raised $16 million with 85% of those contributions at $50 or less.
In a statement to the press Karin Johanson, campaign manager for the Davis Campaign said, "The level of support we are receiving across the state demonstrates the issues we are emphasizing - education, the economy and caring for our veterans - are Texas values."
Abbott's campaign released a statement on their fundraising totals saying that 98% of donations came from Texas, but the campaign did not include the number of individual donors or average contribution size. A likely reason comes down to a point made by Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater, "Abbott has relied on an established list of millions and billionaires who are long-time GOP donors in Texas to fill his bank account with donations of $100,000 or more."
Abbott campaign manager Wayne Hamilton said in a statement. "As the campaign progresses, Greg Abbott will continue to travel the state, speaking with and hearing from Texans who share his goal to improve Texas' education system, grow jobs, and strengthen individual freedom."
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