Houston Republican Is Top Self-Funder In The Nation For U.S. House

Houston Republican Kathaleen Wall is spending more of her own money to win a seat in the U.S. House than any candidate in the nation so far.

As of the latest campaign finance filings, Wall had put $2.7 million of her own money into the 2nd Congressional District race. It makes her the top self-funding candidate in the nation so far seeking a U.S. House seat, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign fundraising in politics.

The second biggest self-funder is insurance executive Andy Thornburn, a California Democrat who has put $2.3 million of his own money into his battle to win an open seat.

The only other candidate nationwide to spend more than $2 million of his own money on a race for the U.S. House is David Trone, a Maryland Democrat who is co-owner of Total Wine.

Wall's campaign did not immediately respond to requests to be interviewed for this story.

Some of her GOP opponents say they are frustrated with Wall's spending and say she is trying to buy the seat 2nd Congressional District.

All the spending in the world can't cover up for a candidate if they don't have a message that appeals to voters, added Republican political strategist Ford O'Connell, who worked on the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign.

"Money is important but it is also useless without a strong campaign message," O'Connell said.

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at the Houston Chronicle

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