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More campaign finance filings fall in

Thursday, January 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

It’s been nearly a week since last Friday’s campaign finance filing deadline, and the reports are still slowly trickling onto the Travis County Elections Division’s website. As of Wednesday night, the forms submitted by all three Democrats running for district attorney were finally available. Despite a series of rocky headlines about a tumultuous divorce that happened decades ago and a failed legal attempt to remove him from the ballot, Gary Cobb’s campaign came out on top of the fundraising race with $37,935 in contributions since July. Former County Attorney Margaret Moore, who only joined the race in December, raked in $18,826. Defense attorney Rick Reed, who was behind the attempt to kick Cobb off the ballot, reported a haul of $1,025. Meanwhile, the reports are also in for three more candidates running for the Commissioners Court Precinct 1 seat. On Monday, the Austin Monitor reported that James Nortey had raised $45,974, while Jeff Travillion scored $39,248 in campaign donations. On Thursday night, we learned that Richard Franklin III netted a haul of $9,106, while Arthur Sampson’s campaign scared up $4,760 from his supporters. Late-comer Marc Hoskins, who filed his candidacy on the Dec. 14 deadline, reported only a single $100 donation plus a $1,250 loan he made to himself to cover the filing fee.

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