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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.

Gov. Greg Abbott raises nearly 50 times as much as Lupe Valdez

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has raised nearly 50 times more than his opponent Democrat Lupe Valdez in the state’s gubernatorial race, according to the latest campaign filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.

HD-28 candidate Anna Allred reports $158,000 fundraising haul

The race to replace John Zerwas just got more interesting. Anna Allred, a candidate in the HD-28 special election, released her fundraising...

Kelly Hancock Can Be Bought, Even At the Public’s Expense

Insurance companies have been playing the politics game for decades. In order to control the direction insurance regulation moves in, companies will donate large...

Lisa Luby Ryan doesn't listen to Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Lisa Luby Ryan, public officials won’t vote in favor of their constituents.

Going into the 86th Legislature, House Members Have $33.7 Million Cash on Hand

Collectively, House members have maintained $33.7 million entering the regular session, led by Speaker Bonnen who maintains $4.5 million in contributions, 83 percent of which came in the weeks following his press conference on Nov. 12 announcing he had secured the votes to become Speaker.

Where Does Campaign Money Go After Retirement?

Political campaigns live and die by their fundraising. Often, the candidate with the most money ends up with the highest number of...

Mike Schofield is financed by a man accused of sexually harassing his employee

If dirty money is enough for these elected officials to turn a blind eye to their moral obligations, what else will they look the other way for?

Gary Elkins doesn't listen to Texans

Since State Representative Gary Elkins (R-Houston) was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 1994, special interest money has played a big role in...

In latest campaign filing reports, Republican incumbent and Dem hopeful raise the most

State Representative Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) raised over $300,000 according to the latest campaign finance reports. Democratic candidate Shawn Terry, who is running...

The Battle for the Texas House Hinges on Cold, Hard Cash

Democrat Texas House candidates running in battleground races outdid their Republican opponents in fundraising in the third-quarter reporting period, but Republicans have...

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