Within Sugar Land and Missouri City’s ve ZIP codes, 77479—which includes Greatwood, New Territory and a portion of Riverstone—saw the most donations to date since Jan. 1, 2019, making up more than half of the total. DONATION distribution Amount donated >$1M $600K-$1M
PACs & caps Federal laws place limits on donors, depending on the type of committee receiving the donation.
Political action committee: a committee that backs a group of candidates or an initiative State/local party committee: supports local party eorts Candidate committee: committees that support a specic candidate for oce Independent-expenditure-only political committees: called super PACs, they are barred from directly coordinating with a candidate National party committee: supports party eorts, with special accounts for designated uses, such as conventions
Cap: $5,000 per year
Cap: $2,800 per election (primary and general have separate limits)
Cap: $10,000 per year
$300K-$600K $100K-$300K $100K
Cap: $35,500 per year; $106,500 per year, per special account
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city and school district candidates do not have to deal with party lines. “I think they might have to ght a little bit for their own platform and rec- ognition not having a party identica- tion next to their name, but these races are probably the most important races that are going to aect our community,” she said. “I think it can be a blessing for them if they don’t want to get caught up with the dierent platforms of the two parties.” FBISD has seven candidates com- peting for three seats, while Missouri City has eight candidates competing for three seats. Sugar Land has three posi- tions up for election this year, but two incumbents are running unopposed, leaving At-Large Position 1 as the only contested race. According to campaign nance records from FBISD, Missouri City and Sugar Land, many candidates did not le reports, while some raised $0 as of the July 15 ling deadline. The next l- ing period ends Oct. 5. Notably, in Missouri City, incumbent Mayor Yolanda Ford reported receipts totaling just over $6,000, while chal- lengers Fred G. Taylor and Robin J. Elackatt did not le any campaign nance reports, according to Missouri City records. Additionally, Vashaundra Edwards and Chris Preston—the Missouri City City Council incumbents for At-Large positions 1and2, respectively—reported raising $0, andnone of their challengers turned in a campaign nance report. Early voting for these and other races will run from Oct. 13-Oct. 30, and Elec- tion Day is Nov. 3. Matt Dulin contributed to this report.
2019-June 30, 2020. The date ranges dier for the two candidates because Nehls led to run later than Kulkarni. The majority of both candidates totals came from individual donations with Kulkarni receiving $2.4 million and Nehls receiving $476,306.94. For Nehls, 42 individuals donated the highest amount of $2,800. For Kulkarni, 72 individuals gave the highest amount of $5,600, with ActBlue—a Democratic Party fundraising site—accounting for $168,000, or 30 separate contributions. As a traditionally red district, the area encompassing Fort Bend County and portions of Brazoria and Harris coun- ties is beginning to trend blue. In the 2018 gubernatorial election, 51% of vot- ers voted for the Republican candidate, while 47% voted for the Democratic candidate. The remaining 2% of voters voted for the Libertarian or Green party candidates. According to Fort Bend County elec- tion data, this near 50-50 split in 2018 closed a large gap compared to 2014’s gubernatorial election, when nearly 70% of voters favored the Republican candidate and about 30% of voters favored the Democratic candidate. Howell said she believes the district will stay red. However, as the early-voting period and Election Day approach, Ginyard said she expects the District 22 race to be a “nail-biter.” “I think that it will be a close race,” she said. “I hope we will prevail. We are working hard to pull it o, but it’s going to be a nail-biter.” Lookingat local races In Sugar Land andMissouri City, both city councils and Fort Bend ISD have seats up for election Nov. 3. These races are nonpartisan, and Howell said she thinks it is a good thing
TOTAL DONATED: $5.49MILLION
parties’ federal accounts per year and $5,000 to political action committees. Donors have no limits when it comes to super PACs, but those groups are legally prohibited from coordinating directly with a campaign. “They tend to be more focused on attacking their candidate’s opponents rather than supporting them directly,” said Mark Jones, a Rice University pro- fessor and fellow with the Baker Insti- tute of Public Policy. Diving intoU.S.HouseDistrict22 A highly contested race with 20 can- didates in the primary election, the U.S. House District 22 seat will see a new oceholder after the Nov. 3 election. The seat has been held Republican Pete Olson for over a decade, but he decided not to run again this election cycle. Now, Republican Troy Nehls, Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni and Libertarian Joseph LeBlanc are vying for the congressional seat in the Nov. 3 election. According to Federal Election Com- mission data from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020, Nehls received about $517,000 in campaign donations, while Kulkarni received over $2.5 million from Jan. 1,
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saidgoingdoor todoor for campaigning has not been happening because it is hard to gauge how comfortable people are with coming in contact with others. “It’s just been a total hindrance,” Ginyard said. “But, you know, you just keep moving. But [COVID-19] has been very interruptive.” Fundingows While Ginyard said she could not speak specically to the nancial eects the coronavirus pandemic has had on campaigning and donations, she acknowledged with so many peo- ple losing their jobs, donating has been interrupted. Federal campaign nance law sets limits on how much money can be given and to whom. For the 2020 races, donors can give up to $2,800 per elec- tion per candidate, with primary and general elections counted separately, according to campaign nance law. But they can also give up to $35,500 per year to national party committees’ general funds and up to $106,500 to specic party funds, such as accounts used for the national convention. Another $10,000 can be given to local
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