Democrat Chris Bell's fundraising during the recent 30-day special legislative session on school finance was nearly on par with that of Republican Gov. Rick Perry and slightly ahead of independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn, according to reports filed Wednesday.
Bell, a one-term former congressman from Houston who has been seen as an underdog in this year's governor's race, reported collecting more than $333,000 from April 17 through May 16. Perry, who is seeking his second full term, reported raising just over $375,000. Strayhorn, the state comptroller who quit the Republican Party in January to run as an independent, raised about $307,000 during the period.
"This report shows that Chris Bell is consolidating his support in the Democratic Party in a serious way," Stanford said. "People are beginning to realize that he is the only guy who can beat Rick Perry."
Author and entertainer Kinky Friedman, who is also making an independent bid for governor, reported raising $149,142.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Bell raises more money that Strayhorn
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