Class Awards at Statewide High

Ever feel like the top politicians in Texas are the “cool kids” from your high school, all grown up, now in an even more powerful clique?

Sometimes we do too.

We’ve taken a look at their latest report cards — uh — make that their latest reports with the Texas Ethics Commission, and issued the 2018 Statewide High Class Awards:

Most PopularGovernor Greg Abbott

With most votes (3,279,187), most contributions ($31,337,255), and most cash-on-hand ($20,460,785), it seems this guy is the Homecoming King and Class President, all rolled into one.

Most TalkativeLieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

After spending more than $13,515,746 this election season alone with media companies, Patrick is a shoe-in for class “Chatty Cathy.” Did we mention that he used to host a radio talk show?

Class SweetheartAttorney General Ken Paxton

Sharing $600,000 of his campaign cash with long-time bae, Angela Paxton, made all the other candidates swoon.

Most Team Spirit Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick

After giving $168,231 of her campaign cash to the Republican Party of Texas PAC, we think she should go all-in and wear red face paint too.

Most GenerousComptroller Glenn Hegar

Donating one-quarter-of-a-million dollars to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts will impress even the toughest jock.

Most Coveted Invite List – Land Commissioner George P. Bush

Remember that cool kid with the rich daddy who hosted fancy parties you only got to hear about? George P. used campaign dollars to host events at Stiles Switch BBQ ($11,908), Lambert’s Downtown BBQ ($4,417), Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel in Manhattan ($5,284), and the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine ($3,080).

Car KingTexas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Miller spent $37,601 of donor money at Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land to purchase a campaign vehicle. We can just see him, cruising across Texas, crankin’ some Ted Nugent, and planning his next viral Facebook post.


Check out the most recent numbers reported by your favorite Texas politicians and make some nominations of your own. Let us know on Twitter @TransparencyTX or Facebook @TransparencyTexas.


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