Campaign finance reports released this week show Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is massively outraising his opponent, Democrat Mike Collier, ahead of the November general election.
While Collier only raised around $266,000 during the first half of 2018, Patrick raised about $4.5 million bringing his campaign’s total cash-on-hand to nearly $14 million. In comparison, Collier only reported $61,000 in his campaign account.
Ahead of the report’s release, Allen Blakemore, chief strategist for the Lt. Governor, made the following statement:
The broad support the Lt. Governor has received from business and grassroots leaders across the state is reflected in this $4.5 million fundraising report — bringing the total amount he has raised since he first announced he was running for Lt. Governor to $45,000,000, more than any other Lt. Governor in Texas history in two election cycles.
Dan Patrick is a longtime conservative champion for the people of Texas and the issues that are important to them — life, liberty, freedom, a secure border, small and efficient government and the conservative agenda that has made Texas the strongest state in the union and a major player in the global economy. People know Dan is a principled conservative leader who does the right thing and doesn’t back down. They like him, they trust him, and they want to see him re-elected.
Additionally, Scott Milder, who opposed Patrick during the Republican primary election earlier this year, sent $5,000 from his campaign account to “Conservatives for Collier,” an entity he created earlier this year after a landslide defeat.
Patrick isn’t the only statewide Republican who is vastly outraising their Democratic opponent. Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have both released impressive financial reports this week, giving little credence to the notion that the so-called “blue wave” is coming to the Lone Star State.