Texas Leads in Super PAC Donations

by InvestorPlace Staff | May 29, 2012 12:53 pm

investorpoliticsletters2 Texas Leads in Super PAC Donations[1]Everything’s bigger in Texas, the saying goes. Apparently, this also applies to citizens’ generosity in supporting the major super PACs.

A report from the Houston Chronicle‘s Texas on the Potomac blog revealed the state had given $36.5 million to the 20 largest super PACs[2]. Nevada placed second among states in giving to the 20 largest super PACs, thanks primarily to the donations made by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his family on behalf of the Newt Gingrich-supporting super PAC.

By way of comparison, California and New York, who out-raised Texas in donations with campaign limits (primarily for candidates’ campaigns), lagged behind in super PAC donations. California raised $22 million for the largest super PACs, and New York raised $17 million.

The 20 largest super PACs represent 84% of all money given so far to these types of groups. One of these groups includes the Texas Conservatives fund, which garnered $1.2 million in donations. Even without this money counted, Texas still outpaces the competition for donations.

For more information, check out this Houston Chronicle blog post[3] or this article[4] by Politico.

– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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Endnotes:
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  2. $36.5 million to the 20 largest super PACs: http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/05/texas-leads-country-in-super-pac-giving-by-a-wide-margin/#5416-9
  3. blog post: http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/05/texas-leads-country-in-super-pac-giving-by-a-wide-margin/#5416-9
  4. article: http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/05/where-texas-puts-its-money-124678.html

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