State Representative Jose M. Lozano (R-Kingsville) was elected to the Texas Legislature in 2011. Throughout his time in Austin, special interest money has played a big role, both in his political success and in his record in the Texas House. Lozano has heard his special interest campaign contributors loud and clear, but he won’t listen to us.

Lozano has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups and political action committees (PACs) across the state. His top contributors — those who have contributed more $500,000 — include party and committee special interest groups, as well as anti-consumer groups. Contributors who have given more than $100,000 include attorneys and the construction, and finance/real estate industries. Jose M. Lozano has played the campaign money game like a seasoned political veteran.

As Texans know all too well, money can have a large influence in decision making for elected officials, and that’s exactly what special interest groups and PACs count on when they contribute to political campaigns. These groups help further Rep. Lozano’s political career, and they expect him to return the favor by voting their way in Austin on the issues they care about. And too often the public loses.

In Austin, Jose M. Lozano has given his contributors an excellent return on their investment, while stiffing everyday Texans. He voted to prohibit local government from regulating new construction and to create hurdles for Texans to recover money from their insurance company for damages caused by natural disasters.

We won’t get the tax relief we need as long as the corporations are getting their tax cuts first. We won’t get better schools if privatization interests still give millions. We won’t get the consumer protection we deserve on insurance, from utilities and from corporations if policymakers are seduced by big campaign cash.

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Jose M. Lozano, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer. We need honest government, and real transparency. We need to reform Austin.