– Patrick reports more than $7.5 million in campaign funds

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday reported that he has more than $7.5 million in his campaign accounts, a record for the state’s No. 2 officeholder.

In a report to be filed Friday, Patrick’s campaign officials said he will show having raised more than $3,500,000 between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.

That would bring his total fundraising amount to more than $5.6 million since he took office a year ago, and more than $22.4 million since he first kicked off his campaign in 2013, his campaign said in a statement.

“Dan Patrick has raised more money from more donors and has more money in the bank than any lieutenant governor in Texas history for a similar reporting period,” said Allen Blakemore, chief strategist for the Texans for Dan Patrick campaign.

In a statement, Patrick attributed his fundraising success to the fact he has kept his campaign promises.

“Coming off a tremendously successful legislative session, the most conservative in Texas history, it’s been a pleasure to travel the state and meet with Texans who care about the future of our state and support our conservative priorities,” Patrick said.