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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.

Rigged: Sam Harless rides the carousel of money and influence

Who will Sam Harless work for in the Texas House – his campaign contributors, or the people he’s supposed to represent?
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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...

Linda Koop jumps through hoops To please campaign contributors

who is Koop working for - her contributors or the people she is supposed to represent?

We can't trust Dennis Paul with our money

As Texans know all too well, money can have a large influence in decision making for elected officials, and that's exactly what special interest...

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....

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?

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.

Houston Democrat Morales Outraises, Outspends House District 145 Opponent

With Election Day one week away, the Texas Ethics Commission recently released eight-day campaign finance filings, the last required report before the March 5th election.

Special interest PACs and lobbyists race to support Lisa Luby Ryan

Given all the special interest money Lisa Luby Ryan has taken before even entering office, who will her real constituents be?  

Morgan Meyer Represents Special Interest, Not Texans

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

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