Texas Contributors Pitch In Plenty To Bush Campaign

President Bush is raising even more money in the Texas than he did for the presidential election in 2000 when he was the governor of the state.

Federal campaign finance filings analyzed by the nonpartisan
Center for Responsive Politics show Mr. Bush raised more than
$21 million from Texans for this election, up from the almost $17
million he raised in Texas for the 2000 race.

Democrat John Kerry has raised $4 million from Texans
in what has become a record-setting year for money raising
in a presidential election.

Almost all of Kerry's Texas money came
in after the Democratic primary battle effectively ended in early

Even though the Republican is expected to carry Texas handily
next month, his campaign says Texas money helps him spread his
message to states more up for grabs.