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Herrick, Hughes, ANB's Ware Bankroll Amarillo Matters in 2nd Half of 2017

Three Amarillo donors made up the lion's share of Amarillo Matters' funding during the second half of 2017.

According to Amarillo Matters' finance report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, Amarillo Matters reported raising $12,700 during the most recent fundraising cycle. The bulk of that funding came from three Amarillo donors: Jason and Shannon Herrick, Mike Hughes and Amarillo National Bank president Richard Ware.

During the reporting period, Herrick, listed as an oil and gas businessman donated $2,500 to the committee. Hughes, a health services employee, donated $5,000 and ANB's Ware donated $5,000 to the committee. The remaining $200 in donations were given by Matthew and Christine Garner, respectively.

Herrick has previously given Amarillo Matters $2,500 in donations, according to TEC files. Hughes has given Amarillo Matters $25,000 and Ware has previously given the group $5,000.

Steve Pair, Amarillo Matters' executive director, did not return the Amarillo Pioneer's request for comment on the group's finance report.

The group ended the fundraising cycle with $3,295.58 on hand after spending a little over $17,370. Amarillo Matters also reported supporting three candidates during the most recent cycle: Four Price, Kel Seliger and John Smithee. All three are running for re-election to state legislative spots in Amarillo.

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