Former Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken  raised $221,260 since announcing he would seek the Republican nomination for Governor. That is compared to the nearly $23 million raised by Attorney General Greg Abbot, who announced his candidacy yesterday.

Pauken has set himself up for a run as the anti-establishment candidate. In a statement today, Pauken took aim at Abbott’s war chest and the way he collected contributions.

“Today’s release of a political fundraising report shows that my opponent has been extraordinarily busy during his three terms as attorney general raising a war chest from big law firms and special interests,” Pauken said. “Even before this report came out, Greg Abbott had raised more than $39 million since 2001, with $27 million coming from just 200 sources.”

In an email statement, Pauken acknowledged that his campaign will be greatly outspent, but stressed that it is the message, not the money that is most important.