Speaker Straus raked in $1.4 million in end-of-year contributions

Speaker Straus raked in $1.4 million in end-of-year contributions

(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

AUSTIN–House Speaker Joe Straus, R- San Antonio, raised more than $1.4 million in campaign contributions in the final months of 2014 and has nearly $8.5 million cash-on-hand, according to campaign finance reports out Friday.

Earlier this week, Straus easily defeated his challenger, Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, to secure a fourth term as House speaker.

As TDMN writer Robert Garrett reported here, the race appeared over long before Tuesday. By late December, nearly 80 percent of the House had voiced their support for the San Antonio Republican.

In addition to the 127-19 vote in his favor, new finance reports and the size of Straus’ war chest show that “he has hardened his hold on leadership in the House,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

“As demonstrated by his easy reelection as Speaker, almost accomplished with just Republican votes, the mainstream of the Party has unified around him,” he said in an email……read more here.

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