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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.

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.

You can't trust Ken Strange with your money

Taxpayers across Texas are paying more in taxes and getting less. Ken Strange won’t change it.

Some of Texas' most vulnerable legislators raised the least money

The battle to control the Texas House is fully underway, but some of the state’s most vulnerable incumbents can’t collect enough cash...

Texas Senators With Most Cash on Hand

Under Texas law, state elected officials are required to submit periodic financial disclosures. The latest campaign finance deadline was the semi-annual report...

Big insurance companies feel safe with Steve Allison

The question is, given all the special interest money he is receiving, who will Steve Allison represent in Austin - his contributors or Texas homeowners?

Rocker Don Henley gives Texas political candidates a boost

Don Henley - yes, the guitar shredding crooner who founded the Eagles - has donated money to Texas Democrats running in this fall’s election, according to filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.
HD-100 campaign finance

Final HD-100 campaign finance reports filed

The four candidates in the special election to replace Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s HD-100 seat have filed their final campaign finance reports...

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