Thursday, January 21, 2016
HD 77 - The Benjamins
The opponent is Lina Ortega who is a well-known attorney in town.
I was honestly a little surprised when I saw the campaign finance reports of the two candidates because I expected Lopez to have more money that what was raised so far. He came in around $40 grand, but that number was slightly inflated by the inclusion of in-kind donations from Forma Group. Those are listed in the plus side of the report. The way you know that they are inflated is because there are also expenditures to Forma Group.
Candidates like to fluff up their numbers to look like they raised more than they actually did so that is usually done throw the inclusion of in-kind contributions.
He has about $3,000 left in his account at the moment. Ortega raised about twice what Lopez raised and has more money left in her account than what Lopez raised.
That was just the first report. The 30 day report may show interests like the TLR and the TER going all-in for Lopez and the scales may be a little more balanced for that report.
Also, money is only as good as how well its used. If its not used properly then it money in and of itself isn't that much of an advantage, so don't count Lopez out.
Annie's List dropped big loads of cash into this race for Ortega. Did the front-load her, or can she expect more contributions.
A Tale of Two Reports
The really interesting thing is to see who donated to each of the candidates.
Theresa Caballero donated to Lopez, Ray Caballero to Ortega.
The Bowlings donated to Lopez, the Jobe's donated to Ortega.
Other Lopez notable contributors include:
Leo Duran of L&J fame
Dee Margo and his son
& The Texas Dental PAC
That last one is because Marquez comes from a family of dentists so that is why you would see such an odd connection.
Other Ortega notables include:
Beto O'Rourke Campaign
Veronica Escobar Campaign
Posted by The Lion Star at 12:06 PM