Buoyed by years of fundraising and sizable donations from several El Paso business leaders, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has built a strong donation base in the hometown of his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke.
Abbott, Texas’ governor since 2015, has raised more than $1.1 million from El Pasoans since his 2018 re-election to a second term, according to state campaign finance records. More than half of that came from El Paso businessman Paul Foster.
O’Rourke declared his candidacy in mid-November and raised $140,000 from El Pasoans between then and the end of the year, records show.
Here are the top El Paso contributors to Abbott between Jan.1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2021:
$641,864.50, Paul Foster; $76,000, L. Frederick Francis; $47,500, Thad Steele; $25,000, Randall Bowling, Robert Bowling, James Cardwell, Steve Fox; $16,000, Patrick Gordon; $15,000, Ted Houghton; $13,680, Josefino Bencomo; $10,000, Dede Rogers, Gerald Rubin, George Salom; $5,000, Bobby Bowling, Randy Bowling, Jim Gore, Rachel Harracksingh, Laura McIntyre, Gary Porras, J. Kirk Robison, Douglas Schwartz, Emma Schwartz, Kaleb Warnock; $3,055, Joseph Furlong; $3,050 Michael McIntyre; $2,725, Harrold Allen; $2,500, Clay Lowenfield, Cynthia Lyons, Michael Norwich, Christine Perez Giese, Jonathan Rogers Jr.
Here are the top El Paso contributors to O’Rourke between Nov. 17 and Dec. 31, 2021:
$20,000, Miguel Fernandez, Rodrigo Fernandez; $5,150, Richard Aguilar; $3,500, Ann Branan Horak; $2,500, Walter Louis Boyaki, Jo Ann Casey, Milad Farah, Judith Gaskin, Allison Glass, Deborah Kastrin, Daisy Nieto, Steve Ortega, Roselina Stevenson.
Two Republicans challenging Abbott in the March 1 Republican primary — former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines — brought in limited money from El Pasoans.
West raised just under $4,600 from El Pasoans after launching his candidacy in 2021, including $1,376 from businesswoman Tina Hatch and $1,000 from businessman Jonathan Rogers Jr.
Huffines, who is largely funding his campaign out of his own pocket, raised a little more than $1,400 from El Pasoans.