Gohmert falls short of $1 million campaign goal

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In fact, it didn’t even exceed $1 million in contributions until the last day of the reporting period, at least based on the dates of reported contributions.

TYLER, Texas – Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, promised in November that he would run for attorney general if he could raise $1 million in 10 days. And while he finally entered the race, saying he had achieved his goal, a new campaign financial report shows he came no closer.

In fact, it didn’t even exceed $1 million in contributions until the last day of the reporting period, at least based on the dates of reported contributions.

“I’m Louie Gohmert, and it’s my honor to let you know that we’ve reached our original goal of raising $1 million to start a race for Texas Attorney General,” Gohmert said in a statement. November 23 video.

Gohmert insisted on Thursday that he had achieved his goal, saying he had spent those 10 days securing “both contributions and commitments.”

“Getting all the money in-house took longer, but we got it as promised and as promised,” Gohmert said in a statement.

Gohmert’s fundraising became public this week, when state candidates filed their campaign finance reports covering the last six months of 2021. In the hotly contested Republican primary race for Attorney General, the incumbent, Ken Paxton, and his three challengers, raised more than $9 million combined as Paxton was edged out by one of his challengers, Eva Guzman. He still has $7.5 million in cash, more than double his closest opponent in this category.

Guzman, a former Texas Supreme Court justice, raked in $3.7 million in the most recent period, from July 1 to December 31, and Paxton received $2.8 million, according to reports that were due. be turned over to the Texas Ethics Commission on Tuesday. Another Paxton challenger, Land Commissioner George P Bush, raised $1.9 million, while Gohmert – who entered the race later than his opponents – said he raised just over $1 million.

Guzman was helped immensely by Texans’ support for Lawsuit Reform, the powerful tort reform group; its allied donors; and other Texas GOP contributors who have supported her from the start. About 70%, at least $2.6 million, of his haul came from TLR, which gave $600,000, plus five individual donors.

The primary is the most closely watched at the state level as Paxton seeks to fend off three challengers attacking his integrity and ability to get the job done amid a series of legal issues. Paxton was charged with securities fraud months after he took office in 2015, and he was investigated by the FBI over allegations by former top lawmakers that he abused his office to help a wealthy contributor. He denied wrongdoing in either case.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Paxton’s re-election – and headlined a December fundraiser for him that raised more than $750,000, according to Paxton’s team. The campaign filed its most recent report late, citing technical issues, and said it was still working to disclose all contributions from the period. The campaign said the report’s totals were correct.

Despite competitive fundraising among the primary candidates, Paxton still enjoys the largest campaign account balance in the primary. While he saved $7.5 million, the next closest challenger is Bush, with $3.2 million.

Gohmert announced on November 9 that he would enter the primary if he could raise $1 million in the next 10 days. His report shows he only received about $27,000 as of November 19. Additionally, a $100,000 donation that pushed him to more than $1 million — from a political action committee called Save Texas Now — didn’t arrive until Dec. 31.

Gohmert did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gohmert’s main donor was the state representative. Mayes Middleton, the Wallisville Republican who chairs the Texas Freedom Caucus, and another House Republican, state representative. Matt Krause of Fort Worth. Middleton personally gave Gohmert $300,000 and Krause gave $250,000 from his campaign account. Krause was also a candidate for attorney general, but dropped out the moment Gohmert entered. Krause and Middleton, who had been Krause’s main donor, expressed support for Gohmert at the time.

As for Guzman’s donors, top individuals each gave $500,000. They included Richard Weekley, Senior Chairman of TLR; Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate developer; and Robert Rowling, a Dallas hotelier.

Paxton’s biggest contributor in leaked six-month period was Michael Porter, a top Texas GOP donor from the Hill Country, who gave $100,000.

Disclosure: Texans for Lawsuit Reform financially supported The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the journalism of the Tribune. Find a suit list here.

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