Dawn Buckingham received most campaign contributions so far in Senate District 24 race

Candidates for the Texas Senate District 24 race released their financial campaign contribution tally this week.

Candidates for the Texas Senate District 24 race released their financial campaign contribution tally this week.

Dawn Buckingham leads Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder in political donations so far this election season, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports due to election officials Tuesday.

TEXPAC, a state political action committee that advocates on behalf of state physicians, residents and medical students, tops the list of donors for Buckingham, a local physician.

Every opposed candidate in the Nov. 8 election must file a contributions and expenditures report 30 days before the election. This latest round of reports, the first mandated disclosure since this summer, covers all financials from July 1 to Sept. 29, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.

Here is how much donation money each candidate has earned and spent for Texas Senate District 24 during that timeframe:
Dawn Buckingham: $195,383.55 contributions, $72,203 expenditures
Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder: $11,620 contributions, $5,365.91 expenditures.

Candidates for the Texas Senate can receive unlimited contributions from individuals; candidate committees; political action committees, or PACs; and political parties.

Here’s the top five financial supporters for each campaign:

Dawn Buckingham

  1. TEXPAC, $25,500 total ($25,000 July 8; $500 Sept. 16)

  2. Alan Harper, $25,000 total ($10,000 July 9; $8,000 Sept. 9; $7,000 Sept. 9)

  3. Texas Association of Realtors PAC, $10,000

  4. Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Inc., $10,000

  5. AT&T Texas PAC; Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC; Texas Building Branch AGC PAC, $5,000 each


Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder

  1. Stephen Courtney, $3,500 total ($3,000 Sept. 23; $500 Aug. 10)

  2. The Honorable Don Adams, $1,000

  3. Highland Lakes Democratic Women, $1,000

  4. Kerr County Chapter Texas Democratic Women PAC, $1,000

  5. Coryell County Democratic Club; Democratic Women Association of Lampasas, $500 each


The next campaign finance report deadline is Oct. 31, or eight days before the election.