Fundraising for Texas District 54 Rep. Scott Cosper’s re-election campaign is well underway with $4,250 in contributions filed in October, according to state records.
Cosper, R-Killeen, a former city councilman and mayor, announced his re-election bid Sept. 18.
Cosper is in his first term in the state seat after being elected in November 2016.
According to Texas Ethics Commission records, Cosper’s October campaign contributions include:
- A $1,000 contribution from the Jackson Walker, LLP, Political Action Committee on Oct. 3.
- A $500 contribution from CenterPoint Energy, Inc. PAC on Oct. 11.
- A $1,000 contribution from Independent Bankers Association of Texas PAC on Oct. 19.
- A $500 contribution from Coats Rose PAC on Oct. 24.
- A $500 contribution from The Beer Alliance of Texas PAC on Oct. 25.
- A $750 contribution from HOMEPAC of the Texas Association of Builders on Oct. 25.
On Sept. 28, Bradley Buckley, a Killeen veterinarian and former Killeen Independent School District trustee, announced his intent to run against Cosper in the Republican primary election for the state seat in March.
Because Buckley has not yet filed for candidacy or designated a campaign treasurer, he cannot accept campaign contributions.
The formal candidate filing period for the November 2018 election opens Saturday.
In July, Cosper filed his biannual financial disclosure statements showing 2017 contributions from a slew of influential lobbying organizations in Austin.
Cosper’s listed contributions from January to June include funds from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, the Texas Medical Association PAC and the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC.
Texans for Lawsuit Reform, an advocacy group for tort reform, was instrumental in the push for House Bill 1774, a controversial hail lawsuit reform bill designed to limit class action suits against insurance companies that was signed into law May 26 by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Cosper, District 55 Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple, and District 59 Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, were listed as coauthors of the bill, which passed the Texas House of Representatives by a vote of 92-55.
Both Houston-based Jackson Walker, LLP and Austin-based Coates Rose are law firms specializing in corporate law.
Cosper’s single largest donation came from Texans for Lawsuit Reform, which contributed $2,500 to the Cosper campaign June 13. Cosper’s total 2017 contributions so far were reported at $8,500.
The 2018 primary is scheduled for March 6 with early voting opening Feb. 20.