Elections 2020State SenateLuther, Springer Lead Fundraising in Senate District 30 Special Election

Shelley Luther and state Rep. Drew Springer have both spent over $600,000 in the heated race for the solid Republican North Texas seat.
September 22, 2020
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Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther and Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) continue to garner the most attention in the race for Senate District 30, leading the fundraising totals in the financial reports published on Monday.

CandidateExpendituresContributionsOutstanding LoansCash on Hand
Craig Carter (R)$1,110.45$601.00$41,000.00$40,465.61
Andy Hopper (R)$4,587.42$5,270.00$100.00$5,270.00
Shelley Luther (R)$645,988.86$136,457.22$1,043,827.39$551,313.94
Jacob Minter (D)$3,379.05$8,117.20$1,594.48$4,114.15
Drew Springer (R)$604,730.72$560,165.03$0.00$192,421.34
Chris Watts (R)$138,986.25$59,615.00$83,000.00$3,628.75

Altogether, Luther leads with the most cash on hand, bolstered by support from conservative megadonors — notably a $1 million dollar loan from CrownQuest CEO Tim Dunn and a $100,000 donation from Farris and Jo Ann Wilks.

Luther also included a notable $5,000 donation from former state senator Don Huffines and his wife, Mary Catherine. 

As of Monday’s report, Luther had $551,000 on hand and had spent $646,000. 

Barring Dunn’s loan to Luther, Springer received more contributions: $560,000 compared to Luther’s $136,000.

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Like Luther, Springer’s receipts included a six-figure contribution of $100,000 from a major donor in the oil and gas industry, Petroplex CEO Javaid Anwar.

Anwar has been a major contributor to several state Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick.

Other notable contributions that Springer received include a $25,000 donation from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, $20,000 from Silver Eagle Distributors CEO John Nau, $20,000 from the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND, and $15,000 from Hunt Consolidated CEO Ray Hunt.

Brint Ryan, a lobbyist in the Texas legislature and CEO of tax services firm Ryan LLC which Springer has been criticized for being employed by, contributed $10,000 to Springer’s campaign.

Springer reported having spent $605,000 on the state senate campaign with $192,000 cash on hand.

Denton Mayor Chris Watts received $60,000 in contributions, spent $139,000, and reported $4,000 cash on hand.

The other three candidates — Republicans Craig Carter and Andy Hopper, and Democrat Jacob Minter — reported contributions and expenditures of less than $10,000 each, though Carter reported a $41,000 loan almost completely unspent.

Early voting in the North Texas district began on September 14, with 18,000 votes cast so far according to the Texas Secretary of State.

Election day will be held in a week on Tuesday, September 29.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.