DAILY GPI / REGULATORY
Joe Fisher October 13, 2016
Excerpt: "Republican Wayne Christian received a number of large contributions from oil and natural gas interests, according to his finance report, which runs 58 pages. Among his larger donors are Energy Transfer Partners Texas PAC ($10,000), Exxon Mobil PAC ($12,500), Koch Industries Inc. PAC ($5,000), Marathon Oil Co. PAC of Texas ($10,000), Occidental Petroleum Corp. PAC ($5,000) and Pioneer Natural Resources PAC ($10,000). Numerous smaller donations also came from the industry as well as individuals. Christian has received $194,370 in cash and has about $130,000 on hand, according to his report.
Libertarian Mark Miller's largest contributor is Michael Chastain of Austin ($30,000), a supporter of Libertarian causes. Miller's report runs 114 pages and discloses numerous cash donations (mostly small) totaling $71,881, with about $40,000 remaining.
Miller, a retired petroleum engineer with a Ph.D. from Stanford University, has garnered praise from editorial boards at Texas newspapers."