Parent PAC Sputters
Parent PAC had a rough 2014 primary. The group endorsed in 19 GOP primary races, lost 9 and won 7.
The group endorsed a handful of candidates well before the election. These endorsements were trickled out over Twitter and marked candidates that the group appeared to be more aggressively helping. Only one of these candidates won.
As we wrote before the election, Parent PAC and the group’s main benefactor Charles Butt gave heavily to influence the primary. There were 17 candidates who received more than $10,000 from either or both funding sources. The total haul for the 17 top cash getters was more than half a million.
Bennett Ratliff received far and away the most from Butt and Parent PAC but did not win his election against tea party favorite Matt Rinalidi.
*Figures in this post take into account Parent PAC and Charles Butt giving in 2014 according to a search of the Texas Ethics Commission performed on 3/5/2014.