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Reform Austin is dedicated to increasing transparency by engaging and educating taxpayers about what goes on behind the doors of our state Capitol. Our mission is to ensure our elected leaders are working for the public good. 
Campaign finance is all about money in politics and the corrupting influence it has. Reform Austin provides investigative reporting on who is funding campaigns, how much candidates are receiving, and how it influences votes. This includes the millions of dollars in special interest cash that pour into campaign coffers, and the lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) who contribute with the expectation that legislators will vote for them, rather than for their constituents. 
Campaign finance reports are filed semi-annually with the Texas Ethics Commission and are made available to the public. During election years, candidates must file two additional pre-election reports: one 30 days prior and one eight days prior to an election. 
These reports are comprised of total political contributions (the total amount of money a candidate or officeholder raised in the last six months), total expenditures (the total amount of money a candidate or officeholder spent in the last six months), and cash on hand (the total amount of money a candidate has to spend).
Contributions tell us who donated to a candidate or officeholder. They often speak to the motivations the person might have should they be elected. 
Reform Austin also reports on legislation, laws, and reforms concerning campaign finance, such as closing loopholes in the moratorium to give taxpayers more confidence in their representatives. Elected officials should be looking out for us, not their big donors.

Matt Rinaldi: Owned by Special Interests Groups

State Representative Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) says he believes in giving back to his community, but his record of taking thousands of dollars from predatory...

Upcoming fundraising moratorium fuels post-election chase For campaign cash

Political fundraising for Texas politicians is prohibited from December 8th to June 17, 2019.
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Trey Martinez Fischer PAC relaunched, $100,000 match

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) recently announced the relaunch of his PAC One Texas. Martinez Fischer is chair of the...

Don Huffines, senator of the insurance companies

When it comes to priorities, Huffines’ made it clear that he’s a senator for insurers, not for his constituents.

Cynthia Flores won't listen to Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Cynthia Flores, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer.

Special Interest PACs, Corporations Bankroll 2019 Texas Inauguration

Last Friday, the 2019 Inaugural Committee released the list of inaugural contributors, more than a month after the inauguration for Governor Abbott and Lt....

The 10 Most Vulnerable Democrat-Held House Districts Are Shaping Up to Be Expensive Races

Last September, Reform Austin reported on the top 10 most vulnerable Democrat-held districts in the Texas House. Now, with the final ballots...

Joan Huffman keeps Austin rigged

Sen. Joan Huffman is just another part of the rigged political system in Austin – taking special interest money, voting to relax the rules on herself, and sticking it to everyday Texans.

Special interest gets their money's worth with Tony Dale

Despite attempts in the Legislature to protect consumers, the status quo prevails, thanks to politicians like Tony Dale. When special interest money influences politicians to vote in their contributor’s favor, Texans lose.

How much do out-of-state donations affect Texas campaigns?

Think the Illuminati has a shady hold on Texas campaign finance? Think again. We’ve analyzed all of the state House of Representatives...

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