Since State Representative Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 2010, special interest money has played a big role, both in his political success and in his record in the Texas House. Anderson has heard his special interest campaign contributors loud and clear, but he won’t listen to us.
Since 2010, Anderson has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups and political action committees (PACs) across the state. His contributors have totaled $212,975, including $60,346 from single issue sectors, $35,695 from general business groups and over $20,000 from energy and natural resources industry groups. Rodney Anderson has played the political money game better than most.
Anderson is also raking in money through his own PAC.
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. When these groups help further Rep. Anderson’s career, 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.
We won’t get the property tax relief we need as long as the corporations are getting their tax cuts first. We won’t get better schools if the privatization interests still give millions to legislators. We won’t get the consumer protection we deserve when it comes to insurance, utilities and corporations if policymakers are seduced by big campaign cash.
As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Rodney Anderson, we won’t get what our families need – honest government and real transparency. We need to Reform Austin.