George P. Bush

Other campaign finance reports:

US Senate:

  • Sen. John Cornyn: Raised $2.3 million since January, $5.9 million cash on hand

Land Commissioner:

  • George P. Bush: Raised $2 million since January, $2.6 million cash on hand

Attorney General:

  • Dan Branch: Raised $1.5 million since January, $4 million cash on hand
  • Barry Smitherman: Raised $698,770 since January, $1 million cash on hand
  • Ken Paxton: Raised $278,620 since January, $1.6 million cash on hand

Railroad Commissioner:

  • Stefani Carter: $3,301 cash on hand
  • Malachi Boyuls $329,572 cash on hand
  • Becky Berger: $ 339.81 cash on hand


  • Harvey Hilderbran: Raised $394,372 since January, $1 million cash on hand
  • Debora Medina: Raised $55,569 since January, $55,005 cash on hand
  • Glenn Hegar: Raised $221,461 since Januaryr, $1.8 million cash on hand
  • Raul Torres: Raised $2,350 since January, $2,531.17 cash on hand

Influential businessman Bob Perry dies at 80

Houston-area homebuilder and major Republican donor Bob Perry has died.

He was 80 years old.

Perry was a major contributor to conservative candidates, including George W. Bush and Rick Perry. He was also a fundraising source for conservative political action committees, known as 527s. That includes the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which raised questions in 2004 about then-presidential candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service.

Several Texas Republicans have responded to news of his death. Gov. Perry, who is not related, released a statement Monday:

“Bob Perry was an exceptional man of great faith who believed strongly in everything he put his mind and soul into, and nothing more so than his family. His astonishing success story as a businessman serves as an inspiration to anyone who ever dreamed of bigger things, and his selfless dedication to the people and causes he believed in serves as an inspiration to anyone who has ever felt the call to get involved. Bob Perry left his state, and his country, in a better place than where he found it, and he will be profoundly missed by us all. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his wife, Doylene, his children, his extended family and friends.”

Through Twitter, Attorney General Greg Abbot said:

“Texas lost a legend today. From school teacher to homebuilder, Bob Perry changed the world. God Bless.”

Perry was born in Bosque County, and went on to form Perry Homes in 1968.

Capital Tonight: Political family legacy

In his first speech since announcing his candidacy for Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush played it safe, touting Texas exceptionalism and support for military veterans, among other topics.

Reporter Roundtable

Emily Ramshaw from the Texas Tribune, Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report, and Colin Pope from the Austin Business Journal sat down to discuss this week’s events in politics, including Gov. Rick Perry’s discussion with the Shark Tank about his intentions to run for governor.

Federal Funds

Democratic Rep. Elliott Naishtat sat down with Paul Brown to give an update on the possibility of Medicaid expansion in Texas. Naishtat also discussed a bill to extend health benefits to domestic partners at state university.


Patterson weighs in on Bush Land Commissioner candidacy

Current Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is weighing in on George P. Bush’s plans to run for his seat. In an email statement, Patterson said he and Bush spoke, before the official announcement.

He issued this statement:

“For some months now, George P. Bush has explored an interest in running for the open seat of Land Commissioner. Yesterday, he called me to let me know about his intentions to formally file for the statewide office which I currently hold. As you know, I intend to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas and am focusing my political interest on that race.”

George P. Bush running for land commissioner

After months of speculation, George P. Bush has chosen his path to a political career in Texas.

According to a spokesman, the Texas native filed the paperwork required to run for Texas land commissioner.

Bush is the grandson of one former president and the nephew of another. As a Spanish-speaker whose mother is originally from Mexico, he’s seen by many in the Republican party as a means to court the state’s growing Hispanic population.

Land commissioner can be a stepping stone to higher office in Texas. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst served in the post before winning his current job.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

George P. Bush campaign raised $1.3 million since November

We don’t know yet which office George P. Bush will seek., but he already has a good jump on campaign fundraising. He’s raised $1.3 million dollars since he announced he would run for office in November.

Campaign manager Trey Newton said Monday that a report showing Bush took in $1,350,489 would be submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission, tomorrow.  His first $50,000 contribution came from his father, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. His uncle, former President George W. Bush, also contributed $50,000.

Bush hasn’t officially announced which statewide seat he’ll seek.  However, a fundraising letter sent by his father to Florida donors seems to indicate he had his eye on Land Commissioner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.