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Amarillo Matters Files Finance Report

A major political action committee filed its finance report with the Texas Ethics Commission this week.

According to a filing with the TEC, Amarillo Matters reported its cash haul ahead of the May 4th general election in Amarillo. The group reported bringing in $84,304.90 for their operations, spending $44,456 during the same period, which ran from January to March. The filing reports the group has over $80,000 currently on-hand.

The organization’s top donations came from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce PAC for $15,000 and several $10,000 contributions from Blaine Roberts, Bill Gilliland, and Edward W. Bradley. The group also had a handful of donations of $5,000 or less.

As in past finance reports, the group reported several expenditures to Murphy-Nasica, an Austin-based political consulting firm. The group’s largest independent expenditure was to the Virginia-based Villageous LLC for campaign management and other advertising costs. Notably, one of the group’s expenditures, $2,000 to Murphy-Nasica was made to benefit Mayor Ginger Nelson, according to the finance report. None of the group’s expenditures were made to Amarillo businesses, the report shows.

The group is involved in the May 4th election, promoting Nelson and the five incumbents running for re-election to the Amarillo City Council. The group’s next report is expected to be filed eight days before the May 4th election.

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