Texas House Democrats announce record-breaking fundraising haul

by | Jul 8, 2020 | Politics, Texas Elections

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee announced Wednesday they raised $1.3 million this year, surpassing the fundraising haul from the 2018 cycle.

The average donation was $34 from 8,500 individual donors.

“This is a Texan-led movement,” said HDCC Chairwoman Rep. Celia Israel in a prepared statement. “We will only continue to build on this momentum and grow our effort as we head toward November.”

Democrats are nine seats away from a majority in the Texas House, an attainable goal considering twelve seats were flipped in 2018, a non-presidential election year.

After the July 14 runoffs, the HDCC says it will have a total of $500,000 across 29 candidates.

In a recent interview with the Signal, Israel said winning back the statehouse was critical in order to put an end to the divisive Republican-lawmaking that worked to divide Texans. 

If Texas Democrats take back the statehouse this November, it would be the first time in 18 years that Democrats break the trifecta of Republican power in Texas government. 

“The House elects the speaker, and the speaker controls the tone, tenor, and the content on the House floor,” Israel said. “That’s a big way to moderate the crazy in Texas.”

Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

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