CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, we erroneously stated the Jackson and Winegarner campaigns each raised PAC money. Candidates cannot raise PAC funds under FEC rules, and we did not mean to imply that either campaign was involved in doing so. The story has been updated. We regret the error.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — With just a few days away from Election Day, we are taking a look at campaign finance reports in the race for Texas’ 13th Congressional District.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Republicans, Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner have raised much more than the Democrats at this point.
So far, Winegarner has raised more than $1,073,600. Jackson has raised more than $904,000.
We took a look at the political action committees (PAC) that have raised money in support of these candidates.
According to the FEC, four PACs have raised more than half a million dollars in support of Jackson, most by just one PAC.
FEC filings show the “Miles of Greatness Fund” has received more than $200,000 from two Amarillo businessmen. Jerry Hodge, the founder of Maxor National Pharmacy Services, has given $100,000. Alex Fairly, the CEO of the Fairly Group, has given $105,000 total, plus $500 from the Fairly Group. Other people from Amarillo also contributed to that PAC.
Jackson is the only candidate in the Texas Congressional District 13 race this PAC has supported.
“People have to look at where this money is coming from and who they’re going to answer to and, you know, I have lots of relationships that are going to help this district in Congress right now. I have relationship with the President, with cabinet secretaries,” Dr. Jackson said. “He has relationships as well. All of his relationships are built on the exchange of money, money that he gave to PACs and organizations over the last 14 years as a lobbyist and money that they gave him. When he gets to Congress, he’s going to have favors to cash in on if he becomes a representative.”
To date, FEC filings show three PACs have raised just more than $242,000 in support of Winegarner. The “Ag Together PAC” has raised $191,343, the most of the three PACs. Filings show that PAC has been given money mostly by Texas ag-related entities, including the highest contributors; $50,000 from Texas Cattle Feeders, which is Winegarner’s employer, and another $50,000 from Preferred Beef Group, LP.
“I think my contributions in large part are from farmers, ranchers, cattle feeders, people in oil and gas business, small business owners, bankers, all people that are part of our community,” Winegarner said. “…Majority of his money is coming from outside of the state and 29% from in the district. So it tells me that I have a lot of District support a lot of people backing backing me in this race and I’m very much appreciate that.”
We also spoke with Amarillo College Political Science Professor Aaron Faver about what money in politics could mean in this election.
“…To the general issue of money and politics and what does it mean for this district? You know, this being an agricultural district with lots of I see lots of humility, you know, and in the agricultural community,” Faver said. “I think indicative of the time that, you know, you’re not buying votes—you’re buying influence, and that’s, that’s just life. I think that’s kind of just the game of life and that’s okay.”
Faver said at this point it is anyone’s ballgame, and he is encouraging everyone to go vote.
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