The Amarillo Pioneer

Amarillo's only free online newspaper. Established in 2016, we work to bring you local news that is unbiased and honest.


Hays Takes $5,000 from Amarillo Matters Following Conclusion of Election

City Councilwoman Elaine Hays took $5,000 from Amarillo Matters following the conclusion of the May 6th election.

According to her most recent campaign finance report, Hays took $5,000 from Amarillo Matters on June 8th. Hays also took contributions from the Amarillo Association of REALTORS, and several private donors following the conclusion of the election, totaling $8,450. The election was held on May 6th.

Hays went into the most recent filing period with $8,755.35 on hand and reported only two expenditures following the election, one for $4,692 and the other for $3,456. Both were to NoBox Creative.

Over the entire election, Hays reported no loans to her campaign. The REALTORS PAC contribution to Hays was listed as a personal contribution in the PAC's report and was not listed as a campaign contribution. The REALTORS' report has not been corrected, according to the archives of the Texas Ethics Commission.

Amarillo Matters contribution to Hays was the PAC's only direct contribution to a city council campaign in 2017. The PAC previously spent $51,004.87 directly benefiting Hays campaign, according to campaign finance reports.

APD Investigating Hit and Run of 4-Year-Old

Cowell Out of Race for San Marcos City Manager Job