Image: Fundraising chart showing massive success of Republican Party of Texas during 2019. Source: Republican Party of Texas.
Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer
Austin, January 5 – Under the leadership and operations direction of Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman James Dickey, the RPT set records in fundraising during a non-election year in 2019. The state Republican Party raised $3,340,506 during 2019, which was almost as much as the three previous non-election years, 2013, 2015, and 2017, combined.
The data, which the RPT released on Friday, January 3, 2019, reveals that Dickey and his team raised records levels of funds from major donors and also in every other category of contributor, including through events, telemarketing, direct mail, Internet contribution requests, email, and the RPT’s Grassroots Club. From major donors alone, the Republican Party raised more funds than the entire state Republican Party had raised in all categories of fundraising during 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
In 2017, the RPT raised a total of $1,233,946, but in 2019, under Dickey’s leadership, the RPT raised almost $2 million from Major Donors alone.
Dickey spoke with The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper which now has a substantial statewide following, in an exclusive interview on Saturday, January 4, 2019.
“We’ve spent two and a half years at the RPT building relationships and improving operational performance and results. That has increased our ability to execute in direct mail, telemarketing, grassroots club and email fundraising,” Dickey told this newspaper. “It has also built our credibility with donors and support among partners. That long, hard work and strong foundation has set records. More importantly it’s prepared us for the success we must have to win in 2020.”
Texas is critical to the re-election of President Donald Trump. The President’s re-election efforts have set national records for fundraising.
Dickey further explained, “This kind of significant increase in results was exactly what the State Republican Executive Committee was hoping to achieve through the dedicated time and energy of a full time Party Chair. It clearly proves how much the RPT needs a Chair 100% focused on this job alone.”
One-sided Tarrant County Republican Assembly debate, January 4, 2020
The Tarrant County Republican Assembly held a debate in the Republican Party of Texas Chairmanship race on Saturday, January 4, 2020, in Fort Worth. In that race, State Republican Chairman James Dickey is running for re-election, while Allen West, who recently moved to Texas from Florida, is challenging him.
A problem arose with the debate, however, when West made clear he would not attend the debate other than through remote participation. West was in North Carolina speaking.
Renowned Montgomery County grassroots leaders Kevin Williams remarked, “We need an authentic grassroots leader who will show up and get the job done. 2020 elections are CRITICAL. Chairman Dickey has shown he’ll be there for the Republican Party. The other guy has no record.”