Lubbock donors gave the governor three times the campaign dollars of all his competitors combined, according to an Avalanche-Journal analysis of campaign finance documents covering donations since July.
Gov. Rick Perry trounced competitors for campaign donations from Lubbock zip codes, raising more than $72,000 from donors who reported zip codes within Lubbock County. More than $70,000 of the contributions came from inside city limits.
By the numbers
Local campaign finance donations to candidates in the spring primaries:
• Rick Perry: $72,641
• Kay Bailey Hutchison: $13,810
• Bill White: $8,585
• Debra Medina: $125
Source: Texas Ethics Commission
Taking in the most recent campaign finance report turned in by Republican candidates, Perry topped Kay Bailey Hutchison ($118,722 to $46,888) in dollars from those identifying themselves as being from Midland.
Those figures do not take into consideration donations less than $250.
Perry scores bigger, More often: The difference between the two can be seen in the larger donations. Hutchison reported 32 donations of $500 or more. Perry had 50.
Hutchison claimed three $5,000 donations, her highest of the period. Perry received one for $25,000, one for $10,000, a $6,500 donation and four others for $5,000. That is $61,000 from Perry's top seven donations, which is more than $14,000 greater than Hutchison's entire collection.
That is a lot of money: When you think how much money is $118,722, consider this. No candidate running for mayor of Midland has ever raised that much money (not including personal loans) during an entire campaign. Apparently, not all politics are local.
Looks like we have a Bushie for Perry: One theme being played out during this gubernatorial primary is that those who supported George W. Bush have been lining up behind Kay Bailey Hutchison. From Dick Cheney to George H.W. to Karl Rove to Karen Hughes and many locally, they pledged their support and money behind Sen. Hutchison. Well, a $10,000 donation from Bush's Commerce Secretary Don Evans (and his wife) to Rick Perry shows us there is at least one prominent Bush backer willing to stand behind the current governor.