The Republican incumbent for District 61 State Representative, 58-year-old Weatherford attorney Phil King, has raised significantly more money than Democratic challenger Matthew Britt. 

Political contributions to King since January total more than $191,000, according to filings with the Texas Ethics Commission. 

Britt has brought in $3,871 since January, according to filings. Britt, a 23-year-old Decatur native and a 2013 graduate of UNT, unsuccessfully challenged King two years ago as a Green Party candidate. 

Nearly $35,000 of King’s donations are from donors easily identified as having energy or oil-and-gas-related ties. King serves on the House Energy Resources Committee. 

Another nearly $31,000 was from lobbyists, lobbying firms and PACs tied to lobbying firms. 

Phil King’s single largest donor this year appears to be Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, which donated $10,000.

G. Malcolm Louden and Stacey Jandrucko, both of Walsh Holdings, the developer of East Parker County’s Walsh Ranch, together donated a total of $6,000. 

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas Casino Revenue Fund, Richard Weekley, a Houston real estate developer and registered lobbyist, Weatherford car dealer Charles Gilchrist, and NCHA’s Texas Events PAC each donated $5,000. 

The following also made donations of $2,500 to King this year: 

• Hillco PAC, the PAC of Austin lobbying firm Hillco Partners.

• Fort Worth’s Christopher Huckabee, CEO of architecture and engineering firm Huckabee Inc., which specializes in school projects.

• Kenneth Davis, of Weatherford. 

• The PSEL PAC, funded by the Bass family of Fort Worth. 

• Ryan Texas PAC, a Dallas tax services firm’s political committee. 

• Texas Construction Association PAC.

• Texas Oil & Gas PAC. 

• Atmos Energy Corporation PAC.

• Austin lobbying firm Blackridge.

• Fort Worth Firefighters Committee for Responsible Government.

• John Goodman, the Plano chairman of Goodman Networks, a wireless networks services company.

• Texas Association of Realtors PAC. 

Britt’s largest donations include $800 from the Parker County Active Democrats and $600 from the Wise County Democratic Party. 

All but three of his donations show to be from individuals or groups inside the district.

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