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Big Donors Tread Softly in Texas Lieutenant Governor Race

Posted on 3/4/2014 by with 0 comments

While some of Texas’ GOP high rollers have written sizable checks to one or two of the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, many are staying on the sidelines — at least until they see who survives Tuesday’s primary.

Of the 25 biggest contributors to gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott, 13 have declined to give or have given $25,000 or less to any of the four Republicans seeking the state’s No. 2 political office,The Dallas Morning News found.

Another dozen of Abbott mega-donors have stepped up, writing a check for at least $50,000 to one of the lieutenant governor hopefuls, an analysis of campaign records shows.

A few, such as Houston road contractor James “Doug” Pitcock and former telecommunications executive and horse breeder Kenny Troutt of Dallas, made six-figure bets in the scrap for lieutenant governor — mostly giving to incumbent David Dewhurst.

 

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