Yeah, Greg Abbott has a ton of money

It’s the one thing he’s really good at.

Gov. Greg Abbott is starting his 2022 reelection campaign with $55 million in the bank, a staggering figure even by the already high standards for which his fundraising is known.

His campaign coffers hit the balance after he raised over $18.7 million during the last 10 days of June, his campaign announced Thursday.

The campaign said the cash-on-hand total was larger “than any other statewide candidate in Texas history.”

Seeking a third term next year, Abbott already faces at least three primary challengers. They include former state Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas and Texas GOP Chair Allen West, who announced his campaign Sunday.

The total may be a new high, but none of this is a surprise. Like I said, raising money is Abbott’s core competency. It’s an advantage, but if Beto O’Rourke or Julian Castro run against him, they’ll be able to raise plenty of money, too. Wendy Davis raised decent money in 2014 – she had bigger problems to overcome. Lupe Valdez didn’t raise anything in 2018, but that was not at the top of the list of her problems as a candidate. It is what it is. Some of that money will have to be used fighting off the other lunatics in the Republican primary, and while having a hard-fought and expensive primary is not necessarily a negative for a candidate or a party, I suspect this primary will not be about things that engage non-hardcore voters. Whatever the case, this is where we are. No one ever said this was going to be easy.

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5 Responses to Yeah, Greg Abbott has a ton of money

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    Hey, hey, here’s the brave Texas legislators, fleeing Texas on a plane. Look how they’re braving certain death. Not ONE of them is wearing a mask on the plane. Don’t they know they’ll all surely die, in addition to getting arrested for violating FAA diktats? LOL, who are we kidding. Yanking people off planes and arresting them for not wearing a mask is just for the plebs.

    Your leaders don’t have to follow those edicts.

  2. Kibitzer says:


    Fifty-five million is chicken shit, compared to the spoils of Texas-sized misery.

    Check out this:

    $11 billion in 9 days—Texas’ natural gas sellers cashed in on deep freeze
    State’s gas supplies halved during cold snap, but sellers made record profits.
    ARS TECHNICA (July 12, 2021).

    “Two major players in the Texas gas pipeline system reaped substantial windfalls from the disaster. Energy Transfer Partners reported record earnings for the first quarter, securing a profit of $3.29 billion compared with an $855 million loss for the same quarter in 2020. Kinder Morgan, another large gas seller in Texas, made $1.41 billion in the first quarter this year compared with a loss of $306 million in the first quarter of 2020.”


    “If spot prices hadn’t spiked, gas suppliers would have shared in the pain when producers began shutting down wells. But the spot market’s high prices more than made up for the issues. ‘If you’re producing half as much gas as normal but selling at 70 to 100 times the price, then that math is working for you,’ one anonymous executive told Bloomberg. ‘You just had the greatest week in the history of the gas market.'”

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    Exodus: Movement of Jah people!

    “Can lawmakers be arrested for fleeing the state?

    Texas House rules state that absent legislators can be arrested by the sergeant-at-arms or somebody appointed by the sergeant-at-arms and returned to the House floor. Because of this rule, Texas Democrats looking to break quorum travel out of state, where Texas officers lack jurisdiction.

    An order to arrest House members must be voted on by a majority of lawmakers present after quorum has been broken. ”

    Phelan should get bounty hunters appointed by the sergeant-at-arms to go get them….it would be fun if they resisted arrest.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    It gets even better…..guess who owns the planes? A Lebanese guy who is the ‘honorary counsel for Lebanon.’ I trust that our esteemed legislators paid market value for the last minute plane trip on two separate planes. That’s got to be expensive. It also calls into question, does that plane have the proper permits to handle paying passengers? I mean, if the plane wasn’t paid for, a plane owned by a representative of a foreign government, isn’t that, well, sketchy as Hell?

    Good to know Lebanon provides favors to a political party. Some say that would be considered foreign influence in our elections, but not me, I think it’s nice.

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