And their campaigns’ announcements about how much they raised in their upcoming reports reflect that.
Paxton, Bush, and Guzman all announced that they had raised over a million dollars in the last 10 days of June.
The period covered under the upcoming reports is for the first half of the year, but Paxton and Bush were subject to a moratorium until the final 10 days and Guzman did not formally launch her campaign until then.
Paxton: $1.8 Million Raised
The Paxton campaign announced on Monday the attorney general’s “largest post-moratorium fundraising total ever, raising over $1.8 million from more than 500 individual donors, the vast majority being Texans.”
The large haul was a significant improvement over the previous campaign finance report filed in January, which showed one of his weakest fundraising periods since being elected to the position, though he still entered 2021 with over $5 million cash-on-hand.
“My family and I are humbled by the outpouring of support for my campaign,” said Paxton in a press release. “What is clear from this report is that attacks on me from RINOs are solidifying my support and contributions from Texans who want to keep a conservative champion as their chief law enforcement officer. In past campaigns, we have been out-raised and outspent, yet we have always won.”
Bush: $2.3 Million Raised
Bush was the last of the three major candidates to announce his totals and says he raised the most in the short window — $2.26 million.
A press release from the campaign says that the total came from “1,119 individual donors” during the last 10 days of June.
“For months, grassroots supporters and Texans across the state urged me to run for Attorney General to restore integrity to the state’s top law enforcement office,” said Bush in a press release.
“The message here is clear — Texans demand accountability from our Attorney General’s office. I’m incredibly encouraged by the overwhelming support I have received from across the state. The people of Texas want to see action taken to secure our border, fight against human traffickers, and back our men and women in blue.”
Bush’s press release also noted that his report came “several hours after meeting with President Donald J. Trump in Bedminster.”
“During the meeting, Bush and President Trump discussed the left’s out-of-control policies and how we must come together as a party to restore America First Priorities,” it reads.
Bush and Paxton have been competing for the endorsement of Trump, who said in late May that he “like[s] them both very much” and that he would “be making my endorsement and recommendation to the great people of Texas in the not-so-distant future.”
Paxton expressed optimism a few weeks ago that the endorsement would end up going to him “at the right time.”
Guzman: $1.1 Million Raised
Guzman’s campaign stated on Monday that they had raised $1,051,723 in the 10 days after she formally announced her bid for OAG on June 21.
“Texans have spoken—they want an Attorney General with the temperament, experience and integrity to be our state’s highest law enforcement officer, and Eva Guzman is the only candidate in the race who embodies all of those qualities,” said Justin Dudley, Guzman’s political consultant, in a press release.
“Eva’s solid initial, Texas-based fundraising haul and commitments from key leaders and activists across the state are indicative of her strong momentum and of Texans’ desire for new, principled leadership in the Attorney General’s Office.”
The campaign says that several prominent donors, including the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and the group’s chairman, Dick Weekly; Hunt Companies Senior Chairman Woody Hunt; Temple businessman Drayton McLane who was a member of Gov. Abbott’s “Open Texas” strike force and the chairman of Texas Central; Professional Janitorial Service of Texas President Rex Gore; and philanthropist and school choice advocate Stacy Hock.
Guzman was first appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 2009 and was reelected to the post in 2010 and 2016. She resigned from her position in early June, a few weeks before launching her current campaign.
The next campaign finance report will cover the latter half of 2021 and is due in mid-January.
While several prominent Republicans are already in the running, the field of Democrats is still forming. Former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski launched his campaign earlier this year and Lee Merrit, an attorney who has represented victims of police shootings, launched his campaign this week.
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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.