ActBlue Texas receives more than every other Texas PAC with $25.63 million

ActBlue Texas, a conduit PAC, has received more money than any other non-candidate political action committee (PAC) in Texas’ 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, ActBlue Texas received $25.63 million and distributed $25.30 million between Jan. 1, 2021 and Feb. 19, 2022. 

A PAC is a group that spends money on elections. A non-candidate PAC may be established by and affiliated with corporations, labor unions, membership organizations, or trade associations. A candidate PAC is directly associated with a candidate or officeholder. Conduit PACs, such as ActBlue, are a subset of non-candidate PACs through which individuals can donate to candidate PACs.

In Texas politics, donations through ActBlue Texas represent 13.87 percent of the $184.77 million given to state-level PACs in Texas. Here are the individuals who gave the most to and candidate PACs that received the most from ActBlue Texas, as reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.

Contributions through ActBlue Texas

Of the $25,629,917 given through ActBlue Texas in the 2022 election cycle, 2.33 percent came from its top 10 givers.

Top Givers through ActBlue Texas (1/1/2021 – 2/19/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$125,000.00Joe LiemandtIndividual
2.$66,000.00Morgan CoxIndividual
3.$65,311.00David LeeIndividual
4.$55,500.00Kevin RoweIndividual
5.$54,000.00Marguerite Steed HoffmanIndividual
6.$50,000.00Jack MartinIndividual
7.$47,529.15Karla JurvetsonIndividual
8.$45,000.00Stephen J DavisIndividual
9.$44,560.00Michael & Sharon YoungIndividual
10.$44,250.00Patsy Woods MartinIndividual

Distributions by ActBlue Texas

On the distribution side, ActBlue Texas reported $25,297,803, with 61.44 percent of all distributions going to the 10 payees topping the list. Payees include both contribution recipients and vendors, as filed by ActBlue Texas.

Top ActBlue Texas Payees (1/1/2021 – 2/19/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$9,078,285.05Beto O’RourkeEntity
2.$1,476,857.10The Collier CommitteeEntity
3.$1,116,965.86Lina Hidalgo CampaignEntity
4.$984,871.17Actblue Technical ServicesEntity
5.$566,837.95Joe S JaworskiEntity
6.$482,172.90Matthew DowdEntity
7.$472,390.23Lee MerrittEntity
8.$468,058.98Adrian Garcia CampaignEntity
9.$453,048.26Andy BrownEntity
10.$443,509.33Rideshare 2 VoteEntity

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Texas PACs submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual1/18/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (30 Days)1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (8 Days)2/22/2022
2022 Primary Runoff5/16/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual7/15/2022
2022 Pre-General (30 Days)10/11/2022
2022 Pre-General (8 Days)10/31/2022
2022 Semiannual Data1/17/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.

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Kalyn Stralow