Elizondo, Salinas haul in most contributions for congressional election
Democrat Dolly Elizondo and Republican Xavier Salinas have raised the most money in their respective races to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, while Democrat Vicente Gonzalez appears to be using his own money to outspend the entire nine-candidate field combined, according to federal reports.
Elizondo, a commercial Realtor, reported to the Federal Elections Commission that she had raised more than $62,000 in campaign contributions through the end of last year, online reports show.
Salinas, a member of the Edinburg school board, leads the pack of Republicans in fund-raising with more than $61,000 in contributions, according to FEC reports.
The Democrats and Republicans are running in independent campaigns in the primary to win their party’s nomination. The winners of the March 1 election will then face one another in November.
Gonzalez, a McAllen attorney, has loaned his campaign $750,000 and, through the end of December, had spent more than $228,000, FEC reports show.
The rest of the candidates for Congressional District 15 in both the Democratic and Republican primary combined spent a little more than $174,000.
That means that Gonzalez has outspent the entire field of candidates by more than $54,000, according to FEC reports.
The deadline to file the reports to the FEC was Sunday. Three of the candidates — Republican Tim Westley; Democrats Ruben Ramirez and Joel Quintanilla — had no reports on file with the FEC as of Monday morning.