Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) released his campaign finance reports for the first six months of 2009 last week.
Barton’s campaign raised $42,587.50 from January 1 to June 30, with a median contribution of $50. Most contributions came from two events in the spring that had more than 500 people in attendance. Barton’s campaign explained not everyone who attended contributed.
Direct donors for the reporting period totaled between 250-260 people and groups. The campaign uses a range because some ticket sales for events did not indicate whether spouses or guests wished to be listed as a donor. Calculating median donations, the campaign is assuming 254 donors.
Ninety percent of Barton’s donors came from individuals, while under ten percent came from Political Action Committees. His report lists details on 124 cash contributions and three in-kind donations who all gave more than $50. Donations came from every zip code in Hays County.
“I’m extremely proud of the broad-based support,”Barton said. “It’s a group effort. We have a lot to do in this county – water, transportation, planning for growth.”
Political insiders widely expect Barton, who was elected in 2006, to challenge Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) for her seat in the upcoming Democratic primary, though no formal announcement has been made. He says he has, “broad based fundraising plans” for the fall.
“It’s harder to build a grassroots campaign like this one,” said Barton, “but in the end, it’s worth it.”