(Full disclosure: our group was shocked to receive a large donation- long after vetting was done and unsolicited by us- from a well-known conservative mega-donor in that timeframe for a mailing effort. As a matter of policy, we will not the list individual private citizen’s names who donate to ANYONE , but they are in easily searchable public record. And we are PROUD to receive funds from someone whose list of benefactors is so illustrious. Every penny went STRAIGHT to a major mailing effort.)
Any number of large funding sources postpone sending money to candidates until they ONLY show up on the 8 Days before the election (or after to do two things. The first and least important- to not let opponents know how much they’ll have to work with. The more important reason: to mask their association with the candidate.
The latter condition- of not showing the group until the last minute might be Applicable in the Texas House District 102 runoff between Linda Koop and Stefani Carter. Linda Koop received a last-minute cash infusion from Texas Parent PAC, whose benefactor list is a Who’s Who of the most liberal GOP member in the House (JD Sheffield, Diane Patrick, Bennett Ratliff) or challengers to the most conservative (like Andy Cargile- Jonathan Stickland’s opponent and Skip Ogle – Matt Shaefer’s opponent). This PAC is HEAVILY financed by Charles Butt and a few liberal attorneys. No, Linda does NOT want it known among GOP circles significant donations are coming from such. (BTW:, the Tx Parent PAC had a horrible Primary, losing the vast majority of their races.)
Stefani Carter, on the other hand, received LARGE contributions from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, a group that has long supported her- and her 90% range conservative record. This group does a LOT of good things supporting a lot of good conservative- but also often supports SOME of the ‘Powers That Be’ types. something to keep an eye on, but not hugely troubling.
Just remember one thing, folks; follow the money… AND the related associations.
(Here is the site to search to find out about the money in State races.)