Lieutenant governor hopefuls Todd Staples and Dan Patrick have made fateful choices on spending the bulk of their campaign money, each dumping more than $2 million on TV buys last month, according to interviews and the candidates’ new finance reports.
Meanwhile, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst held back during the latest reporting period.
Dewhurst, who has the ability to turn on a fire hydrant of personal dollars, spent only about $950,000 on his TV imagemakers between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23.
The fourth Republican candidate in the race, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, curtailed his spending. In the period, Patterson spent about $152,000, though he retained nearly $450,000 for the final mad dash to the March 4 GOP primary.
The big spender on ads was Staples, a two-term state agriculture commissioner, though you had to ask questions to get the full scoop.
On Monday, Staples initially filed a report showing that he paid his New Jersey-based media consultant, Jamestown Associates, about $592,000. However, spokesman Bryan Black said late Tuesday that because of a glitch the campaign’s ad spending was understated in the initial report. Staples’ total expenditures for the period were $2.69 million, and he actually spent $2.5 million for ads, Black said. That included statewide purchases of time on broadcast and cable TV channels and radio stations, he said. The campaign filed a corrected report Tuesday, Black said.
As of Jan. 23, Staples had $600,000 in the bank. He received $50,000 from Tyler oilman Curtis Mewbourne, one of his three biggest donors; and $10,000 from Houston businessman Johnny Johnson, president of Athlon Solutions, which refines chemicals and treats water.
Patrick, a state senator and radio station owner from Houston, paid more than $2 million last month to his San Francisco media consultant Bob Wickers for “electronic media placement,” according to his report to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Patrick, who has loaned his committee $1.25 million, ended the period with less than $290,000…Continued here: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/02/staples-patrick-each-unload-more-than-2-million-on-tv.html/