State Representative Tony Tinderholt’s run for the Texas Legislature began in 2013. Within those years, special interest money has played a big role, both in his political success and in his record in the Texas House. Tinderholt has heard his special interest campaign contributions loud and clear, but he won’t listen to us.

Tinderholt has been able to rake in hundreds of thousands dollars from special interest groups and political action committees (PACs) across the state. His top contributors include party and committee special interest groups who have donated nearly $250,000. Other contributors who have donated over $10,000 including school privatization and anti-consumer groups. In less than five years, Tony Tinderholt has played the political money game better than most.

Texans know too well the influence money can have in decision making for elected officials, and that’s exactly what special interest groups and political action committees (PACs) count on when they contribute to political campaigns. These groups help further Rep. Tinderholt’s career and expect for him to return the favor by voting their way in Austin. Too often this leaves the public losing.

In office, Tony Tinderholt quickly helped the groups who contributed to his campaign. He voted against creating a committee to study problems with construction contracts and voted to prohibit local government from regulating new construction. And Tindeholt, who is funded by school privatization PACs, opposed legislature to fund expanded pre-kindergarten in Texas.

Tinderholt’s continued whispers from special interest groups won’t give us the property tax relief we need. Instead, corporations will be getting their tax cuts first. We won’t get better school if privatization interest still give millions to legislatures. 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 politicians are willing to accept lobbyists and special interest contributions, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer. We need honest government and real transparency. We need to Reform Austin.