TX-10: Jack McDonald Raises $634,000 in First Four Months

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For more on Jack McDonald and his race in TX-10 against Republican Congressman Mike McCaul, read our past coverage.

Democrat Jack McDonald, who is running for Congress in the TX-10 district (which runs from north Austin to northwest Harris County) will report raising over $634,000 in the four months since his exploratory committee formed. From the press release (bold emphasis added):

McDonald, a successful self-made businessman, has yet to announce his candidacy officially or hold a single formal fundraiser.

McDonald has been setting fundraising records that are garnering national attention since he formed his Exploratory Committee in February 2009. McDonald raised $312,000 in the first quarter of 2009, more than any other Democratic Congressional challenger in the country. The campaign will report on July 15 that it has raised over $322,000 in the second quarter, which will likely keep McDonald at the top of the national fundraising list for the second consecutive quarter. McDonald will report over $550,000 in cash on hand as of June 30.In addition, in a June 5 article in the National Journal, the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee referred to the 10th District of Texas as a top 10 race in the nation for 2010.

“We’ve been listening, and Texans are telling us in no uncertain terms that they want leaders with real-world experience who will put aside partisan politics to focus on creating jobs, improving education and healthcare and keeping Texas competitive in the global economy,” said McDonald. “I am truly honored to have the support of Republicans, Independents and Democrats in the District who want independent, fiscally-responsible leaders who will do what’s right for the District, Texas and our country.”

McDonald's fundraising numbers have continued to impress. What we'll have to see next is how his campaign transitions out of fundraising mode and into field and outreach. But with money like that, McDonald is one of the most exciting Democratic congressional candidates not only in Texas, but in the entire country.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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  1. Top 10 race in our backyard
    Very impressive fundraising numbers. The Hill just listed this race as the #1 dark horse campaign in the country, and it's exciting to have a top 10 race in our backyard.

    The CD-10 district is tough because you have to have the resources to compete in both the Austin and Houston media markets. While Michael McCaul is out of touch with his constitutents, he has enough resources to get his message out. So in order to pull off this upset, we'll need someone who can compete in the big leagues and not cede any ground.

    At a recent dinner with local grassroots activists, Jack won over a lot of supporters. While he's probably more conservative than most Austin activists, at least he's honest and genuine about his values. His moderate, common sense approach is probably what this district needs.

    In the most recent vote on climate protection, McCaul voted to support Big Oil & Coal. This is unfortunate because Texas is well positioned to lead the clean energy revolution, and we need someone like Jack who understands that green collar jobs are worth the investment. And Jack doesn't just talk the talk on clean energy. He recently led a major task force  on this important issue, and you can learn more here.

    While the CD-10 district still leans red, Jack's straight-shooting style could win over independent voters who are frustrated with Michael McCaul's stubborn support of Republican idealogues like Rush Limbuagh. Central Texas deserves a second Democratic congressman, so I encourage everyone to get to know Jack and get involved in this top 10 race.

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