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.