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Seliger Spends Big in Mid-2018

Senator Kel Seliger spent over a half a million dollars during the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

According to filings with the Texas Ethics Commission, Seliger reported spending $567,089.65 on his campaign from February 25th through June 30th. The bulk of Seliger's spending was connected to his successful bid for the Republican nomination for another term in the Texas Senate. Seliger also reported bringing in $133,386.67 during the reporting period, leaving him with $460,874.32 on hand for the November election.

Meanwhile, both of Seliger's opponents from the March 6th election also filed their reports, showing their contributions and expenditures before and after the election. First, Amarillo restaurant owner Victor Leal reported that his campaign raised $27,750 during the period and spent $11,141.90. Leal's campaign finished the reporting cycle with a little over $700 on hand and $52,000 in outstanding loans.

Former Midland mayor Mike Canon, who placed second in the primary, also filed his report. Canon reported $8,085 in contributions and $210,730.41 in expenditures. Canon finished the cycle with $67,213.84 on hand and $170,000 in outstanding loans.

Seliger's only opponent for the November election, Libertarian Jack B. Westbrook, also filed his report. Westbrook reported $327.77 in contributions from January through June 30th. Westbrook also reported spending exactly this amount, leaving him with nothing in the bank and no outstanding loans.

Seliger and Westbrook will meet in the November general election for the District 31 Texas Senate seat.

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