Valdez outraises White, but he has more money to spend in final sprint


The Lupe Valdez campaign for governor outraised Andrew White’s campaign since late February, but White entered the last days before next Tuesday’s runoff with nearly four times as much money to spend.

According to the Valdez campaign, it raised $208,000 between Feb. 25 and May 12, spent $88,000, had $115,000 in the bank and had $20,000 in outstanding loans. Those numbers will be contained in an amended report being filed by the campaign.The original report, filed Monday, reported raising $291,000 and ending the period with $258,000 in the bank.

The Valdez spokesman attributed the mistake to an “administrative error” with online contributions.

The White campaign raised $179,000, spent $166,000 and had $981,000 in the bank and more than $1 million in outstanding loans for the same period.

Valdez’s biggest donors were the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which contributed $60,000, and Domingo Garcia, a Dallas personal injury attorney, who gave $25,000. Garcia, a former state representative, has been an unsuccessful candidate for Dallas mayor and for Congress.

White received $20,000 from Lyndon Lowell Olsen Jr. of Waco, a retired insurance executive and former ambassador to Sweden, He also received $10,000 each from Houston philanthropist and arts advocate Sara Morgan and from Hilda Rodriguez of San Juan, Texas, and $5,000 each from Jennifer Dellinger, a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services in Houston; Vincent Lionel Foster, the CEO of Main Street Capital in Houston, and David Magdol of Main Street Capital; Melanie Gray, an attorney with Winston & Strawn in Houston; Sanjay Kalavar, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Houston; Sara Knigin of Kingwood, and Louis Sklar, a retired executive with Hines in Houston.

Valdez led White 43 to 27 percent in the March 6 primary.

Early voting began Monday.

Valdez and White are vying to take on Gov. Greg Abbott in the fall. Abbott, who did not have to file a report Monday because he is not in a runoff, had $41 million in the bank as of Feb. 24.



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