Texans are all too familiar with the outsized role money plays in politics these days. Political action committees (PACs), lobbyists and special interest groups dole out huge sums of campaign cash to get what they want from elected officials. Politicians rake in this money to further their careers, special interests get what they pay for, and too often the public ends up losing. Cynthia Flores, candidate for Texas House District 52 north of Austin, hasn’t been elected yet, but she’s already become very skilled at playing the political money game.
According to the campaign finance reports from the Texas Ethics Commission, in just six months Flores received more than $121,000 from political action committees (PACs) special interest groups, lawyers and lobbyists.
These donors are financing Cynthia Flores’ campaign, and they are expecting their investment to pay off once she is in office.
Who will Cynthia Flores work for in the Texas House – her campaign contributors, or the people she’s supposed to represent?