Texas attorney general raises $5.9 million this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has raised $5.9 million and spent $6 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 14, 2022. Paxton is currently ranked seventh in state-level donations in the 2022 election cycle.

Paxton is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2015. In Texas, the attorney general is an elected position. The primary job of a state attorney general is to serve as chief legal adviser to the agencies and legislative organs that make up his or her state’s government, in addition to the citizens residing within the state. Paxton is running for re-election in 2022.

Paxton’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2015-2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Paxton

Of the $5.9 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 30.1 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Paxton (1/1/2021 – 5/14/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$500,000.00Republican Attorneys General AssociationENTITY
2.$250,000.00Douglas ScharbauerINDIVIDUAL
3.$200,000.00Kenny A and Lisa TrouttINDIVIDUAL
4.$150,000.00Holly FrostINDIVIDUAL
5.$125,000.00Donald WasekINDIVIDUAL
6.$125,000.00S Javaid AnwarINDIVIDUAL
7.$120,000.00Michael & Mary PorterINDIVIDUAL
8.$100,000.00Amanda SchumacherINDIVIDUAL
9.$100,000.00Dan & Staci WilksINDIVIDUAL
10.$100,000.00Darwin A DeasonINDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Paxton

Paxton reported $6 million in expenditures, with 96.2 percent going to the 10 payees topping this list. “Payees” are entities or individuals listed as the recipients of campaign expenditures, and may include vendors, campaign accounts, and transfers.

Top Expenditures by Paxton (1/1/2021 – 5/14/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$3,168,521.55Anthem Media IncENTITY
2.$1,374,415.32Grassroots for You LLCENTITY
3.$437,880.02Fundraising Solutions IncENTITY
4.$357,776.45Weisbart Springer Hayes LLPENTITY
5.$163,062.00Baselice & Associates IncENTITY
6.$119,645.53Axiom Strategies LLCENTITY
7.$65,000.00Headwaters MediaENTITY
8.$49,523.56Mar-a-Lago ClubENTITY
9.$30,000.00Raconteur Media CompanyENTITY
10.$25,000.00Independent Conservative Republicans of TexasENTITY

How donations to Paxton compare to the same office in other states

Contributions vary widely among officeholders in the same role. A number of factors, including whether the position is appointed or elected, can influence donor activity. Here is how Paxton’s donations compare to the 10 other attorney generals with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 27 attorney generals are members of the Republican Party and 23 are members of the Democratic Party. Voters elect the attorney general in 43 states, while they are chosen by a state government organ in the other seven. In 2022, 30 states are holding elections for the position.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Texas PACs submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. 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.