$30.8 million raised in the race for Texas attorney general

The general election for the attorney general of Texas will take place on November 8, 2022. In total, candidates running for Texas attorney general have raised $30.8 million, received $13,300 in loans, and spent $30.8 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the three candidates who are still in the running:

Active Attorney General Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021-6/30/2022

CandidatePartyContributionsLoansExpendituresElection Stage
Ken Paxton (Incumbent)Republican$8,157,137.01$0.00$9,945,771.68General
Rochelle GarzaDemocratic$1,091,896.33$0.00$656,029.68General
Mark AshLibertarian$180.00$0.00$3,813.91General

The remaining $20.2 million raised in the race for Arizona attorney general went to eight candidates who did not advance to the general election or who withdrew from the race.

Total fundraising in eight attorney general races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Texas attorney general compares to the seven other attorney general races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesAvailable Reporting Period
1Texas$30,761,1141131/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
2California$15,136,669.34521/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
3Arizona$9,199,0571331/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
4Florida$7,141,500421/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
5Michigan$5,276,457.07641/1/2021 – 8/22/2022
6Wisconsin$3,763,143621/1/2021 – 7/25/2022
7Minnesota$2,907,519821/1/2021 – 7/18/2022
8Ohio$2,867,606221/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Texas candidate 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.

Name of ReportReporting PeriodDeadline
2022 Jan Semiannual7/1/21 – 12/31/211/18/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 30 days1/1/22 – 1/20/221/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 8 days1/21/22 – 2/19/222/22/2022
2022 Primary Runoff2/20/22 – 5/14/225/16/2022
2022 July Semiannual1/1/22 – 6/30/227/15/2022
2022 Pre-General 30 days7/1/22 – 9/29/2210/11/2022
2022 Pre-General 8 days9/30/22 – 10/29/2210/31/2022
2022 Jan Semiannual7/1/22 – 12/31/221/17/2023

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.