By BRAD KELLAR
The incumbent State Senator for District 2 is raising far more than the other Republican candidates he is facing for the office.
Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) has received more than 50 times the funds for his campaign than his two opponents in the March 4 GOP primary, Bob Hall of Edgewood and Mark Sampson of Mesquite, combined.
The Libertarian Party candidate in the race had not filed his initial campaign finance report as of Monday, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Deuell, through the Friends of Bob Deuell, reported a total of $232,415.66 in contributions through his campaign finance report, which were filed with the Texas Ethics Commission last week. The contributions cover donations between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013.
The largest donations to Deuell’s campaign — $10,000 each — came from the RYAN Texas Political Action Committee (PAC), the Texas Optometric PAC and the Texas Medical Association PAC.
Nine contributions of $5,000 each came from AGC-Texas Building Brancn PAC, AT&T Texas PAC, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Harden Healthcare LLC Federal PAC, Donald Henley of Santa Monica, Ca., Al Hill of Dallas, Jeff Huffman, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and the Texas Homecare PAC.
The Dallas Police Officer PAC chipped in $3,000, as did Texans for Victor Carrillo.
Contributing $2,500 each were the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, Keith Bell of Forney, John Carona Sr. of Dallas, MJB Operating LP, PAC of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, Jay Richard or Carissa Ray of The Woodlands, Robert Rowling of Dallas, the Texas Architects Committee, Texas Dental Association PAC, Texas Friends of Time Warner, UPS PAC, Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC, and Tracy Young of Savannah, Ga.
Deuell’s campaign also received a total of nine $2,000 donations and 48 donations of $1,000 each.
Deuell had spent $136,615.01 on his campaign as of the filing of the report.
Hall’s report covered the period between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. Hall had raised $4,340.22 in contributions, with the largest single donation, $600, coming from Dennis Spence of Edgewood. Nolan Williams of Mabank and H.R. Magill of Seagoville each contributed $500, Kenneth Schwen of Terrell contributed $300, while Shirley Baker of Canton and Doug McCullough of Fruitvale each gave $477.50.
Hall also received nine, $100 donations and three contributions of $95.50 each.
He had spent $6,525.93 on his campaign as of the filing of his report.
Sampson’s report covered the period between Nov. 12 and Dec. 31, 2013. Sampson reported receiving no contributions and had spent $1,331.213 on his campaign.
Deuell, Hall and Sampson are competing for the Republican Party nomination in the March 4 GOP primary. Early voting is scheduled February 18-28.
Libertarian Party candidate Don Bates had not filed a campaign finance report as of January 15.