Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Raises $12 Million in Two Weeks, Cites ‘success’ of Legislative Session

This is a developing story.AUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott raised $12.1 million in the last two weeks of June, his biggest haul in the immediate aftermath of a legislative session of his five years as governor, his campaign said Monday.Abbott, a second-term Republican who would not face the voters again until 2022, brought his cash on hand to $26.3 million, said a release by Texans for Greg Abbott.It offered no details on donors and expenditures.Still, the campaign boasted that Abbott raised more money in the brief post-session window than the $10 million he raised in 2017, attributing it to "the success" of the recently ended session, in which lawmakers passed limits on property taxes, raised teacher pay and overhauled school finance."Today's announcement of this record-breaking fundraising total speaks to the success of the 86th legislative session," Abbott said in the release."Texans demanded property tax and school finance reform this session, and Republicans delivered," he said. "I am grateful for the support of so many, and I look forward to tirelessly working over the next year and a half to expand our Republican majorities in the House and Senate and keep Texas red."Abbott, a former state district judge in Houston and justice on the Texas Supreme Court, aggressively raised money during his three terms as state attorney general. That helped discourage opposition, both as Abbott sought re-election and then sought the governorship after his predecessor, former Gov. Rick Perry, chose not to run in 2014.State law imposes a fundraising blackout immediately before, during and after a regular session, but no limits on contributions.A campaign spokesman said in June 2015, Abbott raised about $9 million. In June 2017, he raised just more than $10 million.Midnight Monday is the deadline for state elected officials and candidates to file "July semiannual" reports on contributions and expenditures with the Texas Ethics Commission.  Continue reading...

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