Andrew White loans his campaign for governor $1 million

Updated Feb 05, 2018

12:48 p.m. update

Houston businessman Andrew White announced Monday he has loaned his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor $1 million.

The loan will be contained in a campaign finance statement, due Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission, that will also report an additional $138,632 in contributions from donors, according to his campaign.

“Democrats will need a war chest to beat Gov. Abbott in the fall,” White said in a statement. “We’ve started building one today. I remain humbled by the generosity of so many around the state who believe, like I do, Texas can do better. Let’s bring sanity back to government and fight for fairness and equality for all. Enough with the extremist politics of Trump/Abbott.”

Abbott’s campaign said Monday he had raised nearly $1.1 million in the first three weeks of January and that he had $43.27 million in cash on hand.

White’s main rival for the Democratic nomination, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, raised $51,000 in the last reporting period, through the end of 2017. White reported raising $219,000 in that same period, including loaning his campaign $40,000.