After failing to disclose numerous donors, Ken Paxton files corrected campaign finance report
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Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is in a hotly contested primary, has filed a corrected campaign finance report after failing to disclose much of his donors from the last six months of 2021.
The corrected report was filed Monday, 13 days after it was submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. In the original report, Paxton left $2.1 million of his $2.8 million in unified fundraising, meaning he didn’t include donor information for those who helped. to donate the $2.1 million and who were required by law to be identified. His campaign cited technical issues and promised to file an amended report.
On the amended report, Paxton’s campaign said it had now “detailed[d] all contributions” and processed duplicate records.
“The [campaign] continues to address some of the issues, and we are happy to provide additional information to the TEC regarding the issue,” the campaign said.
Some of the top donors that were recently disclosed include the Republican Attorneys General Association, which gave Paxton $250,000 on the last day of the qualifying period, Dec. 31. Paxton also recently revealed a $100,000 contribution from Holly Frost, a top Texas GOP donor. of Houston, and two $50,000 donations from West Texas fracking billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks.
Paxton faces three main challengers: Lands Commissioner George P. Bush, former state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert. Paxton’s ethics record is a major issue in the primary, and the campaigns of all his opponents had pointed to his late and incomplete report as the latest example of the attorney general’s missteps.