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January 20th, 2014
GOP challengers amass $460,000 to oust Donna Campbell

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STAFF REPORT

With seven weeks left to convince Central Texas Republicans to ditch State Sen. Donna Campbell, the freshman lawmaker’s two primary challengers reported last week that they collectively raised or loaned their campaigns more than $460,000 during the last quarter of 2013.

In campaign finance filings due Jan. 15, Friends of Donna Campbell, one of the incumbent’s two active campaign funds, reported collecting $192,823 in contributions from 309 donors between July 1 and Dec. 31. Friends of Donna Campbell ended the year with $289,982 in the bank, prompting the Austin American-Statesman to declare her the winner in a critical leg of the fundraising race.

That figure, however, does not include $90,000 in campaign debt Campbell holds under the name of a second campaign fund, listed as “Donna Campbell MD” in Texas Ethics Commission records.

Minus her $90,000 in campaign debt, Campbell actually ended the year with less cash on-hand than former San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan, who raised $83,800 from 98 donors and lent her campaign $200,000 more. Chan reported $202,630 in the bank as of Dec. 31.

San Antonio businessman Mike Novak raised $176,356 from 204 donors and borrowed $5,000. With expenditures of $170,807 — including a major direct mail outreach to likely Republican voters in October — the former Bexar County commissioner started the year with $12,583 cash on-hand.

Campbell’s top donors of the cycle include medical equipment manufacturer and San Antonio Spurs co-owner James Leininger and Houston attorney Robert Seal, each of whom put in $10,000.

Campbell also fared well with donors connected to McAllen-based L&F Distributors; she accepted $5,000 each from Steve LaMantia of Laredo, an owner of the Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, and Val Peisen of McAllen, the company’s president. The LaMantia family owns the 5,000-acre former O’Quinn River Ranch between San Marcos and Wimberley.

During the 2013 legislative session, Campbell’s efforts to establish a municipal utility district on 4,055 acres of the property were met with gales of opposition from her constituents. Conservatives took issue with creation of a new quasi-government with the power to levy taxes; conservationists feared the utility district will made development of the property inevitable.

Retired Canyon Lake restauranteur Daniel Boone, the lone Democrat in the SD-25 race, reported $375 in contributions and $3,250 in un-itemized loans. He had $1,170 on-hand as of Dec. 31.

Anchored in northwestern Bexar County where about half its population resides, Senate District 25 also includes all of Comal and Kendall and parts of Hays, Guadalupe and Travis counties. In Hays County, SD-25 includes about half of San Marcos, nearly 70 percent of Kyle and all of Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Buda.

Donna Campbell

Top Donna Campbell contributors between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, according to her Jan. 15, 2014 campaign finance disclosure.
RankContributorCityAmount
1James LeiningerSan Antonio$10,000.00
2Robert SealeHouston$10,000.00
3Empower Texas PACAustin$7,000.00
4Don AdamsLa Grange$5,000.00
5John ShieldsSan Antonio$5,000.00
6Steve LaMantiaLaredo$5,000.00
7Texans For Lawsuit Reform PACAustin$5,000.00
8Texas For Education Reform PACAustin$5,000.00
9Val PeisenMcAllen$5,000.00
10Texans For Lawsuit Reform PACHouston$4,000.00

Mike Novak

Top Mike Novak contributors between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, according to his Jan. 15, 2014 campaign finance disclosure.
    
1HB Zachry JrSan Antonio$10,000.00
2Alan DreebenSan Antonio$10,000.00
3Maxxam Inc TX PACHouston$10,000.00
4AGC-Texas Building Branch PACAustin$10,000.00
5Texas Optometric PACAustin$10,000.00
6Dennert WareSan Antonio$5,000.00
7Deborah HurwitzHouston$5,000.00
8BJ McCombsSan Antonio$5,000.00
9Shawn HurwitzHouston$5,000.00
10 (tie)Mark Watson JrSan Antonio$5,000.00
10 (tie)Morris Jaffe JrHorseshoe Bay$5,000.00
10 (tie)William RabaSan Antonio$5,000.00
10 (tie)Shane FreemanDallas$5,000.00
10 (tie)Charles WenderSan Antonio$5,000.00
10 (tie)Peter WayHouston$5,000.00
10 (tie)Carri WellsSan Antonio$5,000.00

Elisa Chan

Top Elisa Chan contributors between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, according to her Jan. 15, 2014 campaign finance disclosure.
RankContributorCityAmount
1Garza OscarSan Antonio$10,000.00
2House RandallSan Antonio$10,000.00
3Deichert DanielGrand Prairie$5,000.00
4Abrams J.D.Austin$5,000.00
5CDS Muery PACSan Antonio$5,000.00
6Ng KungSan Antonio$3,000.00
7Verma ArunSan Antonio$2,500.00
8Whitacre EdwardSan Antonio$2,500.00
9Whitacre EdwardSan Antonio$2,500.00
10 (tie)Chen FelixDallas$2,500.00
10 (tie)Gutierrez HugoSan Antonio$2,500.00
10 (tie)Subramaniam MuraliSan Antonio$2,500.00

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COVER: Elisa Chan campaigns for San Antonio City Council in 2009, the first of her three successful bids to represent single-member District 9. PHOTO by TAYLOR STAKES

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