Sunday, July 8, 2012

3 Texans hold top spots for campaign spending, report says - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas' political candidates are big spenders.

On TV and radio ads, anyway.A recent report from the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, a watchdog that analyzed federal election records, shows that three of the nation's top five spenders on campaign ads came from the Republican race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.Dewhurst, who spent nearly $7 million, tops the list and faces Cruz, who spent about $2.1 million, in a July 31 Republican primary runoff. Leppert, who is now out of the race, spent more than $3 million, according to the report.Also in the top five were Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, both vying for the U.S. Senate seat that Edward Kennedy held for nearly five decades. Brown holds the Massachusetts post after winning a special election two years ago.HonorsState Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, recently picked up an award for her work during the last legislative session.The Texas Baptists' Christian Life Commission gave Davis, who faces state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, in her re-election bid, the Horizon Award for her efforts to curb predatory lending."The passion and knowledge that Sen. Davis displayed this session on behalf of borrowers pushed reform efforts further than we ever expected," said Suzii Paynter, commission director. "Though there is work that remains, our gains would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Sen. Davis and her staff."We are thankful and proud to have worked with such a dedicated public servant on an issue of such importance to the families of this state."Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610Twitter: @annatinsley

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