Ken Paxton campaign raises $1.8 million


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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Williamson residents speak for, against removing Confederate statue
Williamson residents speak for, against removing Confederate statue

GEORGETOWN — Several Williamson County residents asked the county commissioners Tuesday morning to move a statue of a Confederate soldier off the courthouse lawn, saying it was intimidating and represented slavery. A few asked the commissioners to keep the statue in place. The commissioners took no action Tuesday after hearing the comments. The...
Austin nonprofit Care Communities to close its doors
Austin nonprofit Care Communities to close its doors

In a move that surprised some volunteers and stakeholders, Austin’s Care Communities announced that, because of financial challenges, it will stop providing free support for those living with HIV or cancer in Central Texas. The midsize nonprofit, which operated with an annual budget of almost $600,000, according to GuideStar.org, sent out a message...
5 Austin drinks you’ll want to snap before you sip
5 Austin drinks you’ll want to snap before you sip

Do you know where your next Instagram post is? If you’re thirsty, and your social media presence is looking dry, you can kill two birds with one beautifully crafted beverage.  These are five summer drinks that look as good as they probably taste, but I can’t say for sure because I have never tried any of them. Swirly. The Love...
Community news: Turn parking spots into small parks for a day

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Turn parking spots into parks Austin residents are encouraged to apply to organize an event for Park(ing) Day to generate public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas. The event is held worldwide Sept. 15 and is intended to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary...
DOCUMENT: Greg Kelley stopped lawyers from investigating other suspect
DOCUMENT: Greg Kelley stopped lawyers from investigating other suspect

A defense attorney who helped represent Greg Kelley wrote in an email that Kelley refused to participate in any investigation of a friend who is now considered a suspect in a child sexual assault — newly disclosed information that could mark the latest rapid turn in the case. A new court filing, obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV...
More Stories