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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.

Alfonso "Poncho" Nevarez can't keep his campaign records straight

State Representative Alfonso "Poncho" Nevarez has a history of failing to disclose all of his political finances, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.

With the legislative session over, candidates ready for fundraising battles

Following Monday’s deadline for filing campaign finances, we have a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities facing candidates running for state...

Ken Strange is no stranger to conflicts of interest

Legislators and candidates should go out of their way to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest, not cut corners to subsidize their employers.

Here's how much money was raised in races for these state offices

Here's how much money was raised during the last period for three statewide races in Texas.
HD-28 Texas

HD-28 Texas candidates release campaign finance reports

Campaign finance reports were released by candidates running in the HD-28 Texas special election. These will be the last campaign finance...

Brad Buckley: Friend of Special Interests

Texans deserve representatives that say what they mean throughout their campaigns and remain loyal to the positions they take in the process. With the...

Tony Tinderholt doesn't listen to Texans

As long as politicians are willing to accept lobbyists and special interest contributions, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer.

Follow the Freshmen: Campaign Finances and the Sprint to Session

Second in an occasional series Reform Austin has reported extensively on the nexus of special interest campaign money and its impact on state legislation. Millions of...

Women Raise Money for Texas Campaigns, but Not Always in the Usual Ways

Everyone bemoans the influence of money in politics, but candidates face a brutal truth: If you don’t raise enough money to run...

Harold Dutton won't file his campaign finances on time

For a politician who’s been in office for more than 30 years, Dutton should know these deadlines better than any other Texas representative.

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