Wendy Davis's Post-Filibuster Haul: $1.2 Million

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Aug. 30 2013 10:06 AM

Wendy Davis's Post-Filibuster Haul: $1.2 Million

Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) listens to questions after speaking at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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Politico brings us our second look at Wendy Davis' post-filibuster haul:

According to campaign finance reports filed this week, the Texas state senator netted $1.2 million in the six weeks following her June filibuster against an abortion bill being considered by the Texas legislature. ...
According to a POLITICO analysis of her campaign finance report, Davis raised most of her funds from small donors. She reported almost 24,000 individual donors — with an average donation to her campaign of about $52. About 60 percent of her funds came from inside the Lone Star State. Her largest individual donor was Fort Worth investor and businessman Sid Bass, who gave $100,000.
Most of her largest donors are in-state. Of the 10 individual donors who gave more than $10,000 to her campaign, only one was out of state. Other big donors to her campaign include Houston attorney Laura Arnold, oil executive Lee Fikes and Marguerite Hoffman, wife of the businessman and National Lampoon co-founder Robert Hoffman. All gave $10,000 to her efforts.

While the headlines will no doubt fuel talk of a potential Davis gubernatorial bit, it's worth pointing out—as Politico does—that the man she'd likely square off with if she does run, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, had more than $20 million in his campaign coffers at last count.

Davis has publicly mulled the possibility of running against Abbott to replace outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, although the Democrat has remained on the fence about whether to launch that long-shot challenge or to run for re-election to the state senate, where she became an overnight star this summer thanks to her nearly 13-hour filibuster against abortion-restricting legislation. She is expected to make an announcement next month, at which point we'll know whether she's currently an underfunded underdog gubernatorial candidate or a deep-pocketed state senator poised for reelection.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



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