Austin attorney Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, announced Thursday that he had received more than $900,000 in contributions and pledges, including $500,000 of his own money, in the weeks following his announcement that was seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Ken Paxton.
The $911,778 total will be reported in Nelson’s fundraising report for the second half of 2017, which must be filed with the Texas Ethics Commission by Tuesday.
“I am excited to take my message of fighting for the people of Texas and justice for all to voters across Texas,” Nelson said in a statement noting that he raised the money in the seven weeks after he announced his candidacy in November. “This report shows that we will run a competitive race and can win in November. My opponent Ken Paxton has been indicted for criminal fraud. I am running because Texans deserve a better attorney general.”
Paxton has not announced his new fundraising totals yet, but he raised $1,056,000 the first half of the year, leaving him with nearly $5.3 million in cash on hand as of the end of June.
Nelson and Paxton are both unopposed in their respective primaries.
Nelson is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, the founder of the non-profit One Nation One Vote, a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, and a former law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.