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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.

Morgan Meyer’s Murky Money

State Representative Morgan Meyer (R - Dallas) boasts about his tenure on the House Energy and Insurance committees, citing a number of accolades he’s...

Alvarado, Hernandez lead the fundraising pack in Senate 6 special election

The four candidates vying for Texas’ Senate District 6 seat have each filed their final campaign finance reports, due eight days ahead of the December 11 Special Election date. Here’s how much money the candidates in the special election race have raised:

“Late” Lozano and “Just missed it” Johnson

Each year, Texas politicians, candidates, and state officials are required to file a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) disclosing their assets and liabilities,...

Royce West made millions off government contracts

State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) has had a very lucrative career working for governmental agencies. Over the last 12 months, West made...

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.

Rodney Anderson doesn't listen Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Rodney Anderson, we won’t get what our families need - honest government and real transparency.

Latest Campaign Finance Reports Shed Light Ahead of 2020 House Primaries

New campaign finance reports released this week by primary candidates for the Texas House show many of the hotly contested races remain...

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...

Nicole Collier refuses to settle her fine with the Texas Ethics Commission

Nicole Collier claims a $500 fine from the Texas Ethics Commission is a mistake. Whatever the case, she should work on getting it cleared.

DATA: Download Personal Financial Statements

When lawmakers are transparent and accountable, we all benefit. Unfortunately, current laws don’t require the state to post Personal Financial Disclosure of Texas legislators...

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