Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s campaign raised $1.8 million in the second half of 2016 as he gears up for a re-election bid in 2018, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.
Paxton enters 2017 with almost $4.6 million in his campaign account, spokesman Matt Welch said.
“Attorney General Ken Paxton will file an incredibly strong campaign finance report and will once again defy the expectations of his political opponents,” Welch said. “His cash on hand is a clear signal of his future plans, and this report demonstrates the strength and support for (Attorney) General Paxton across Texas.”
The full report will be filed Jan. 17, Welch said.
Paxton’s numbers were even stronger than the first half of 2016, when he collected almost $945,000 in campaign donations.
Paxton has promised to run an aggressive re-election effort even as he fights allegations that he defrauded investors in private business deals in 2011. Appeals courts last year rejected Paxton’s efforts to have the state felony charges dismissed, and a trial could be scheduled for late spring or early summer.
Paxton would be required to leave office if convicted of a felony.