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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.

Dennis Paul keeps Austin rigged

Rep. Dennis Paul is just another part of the rigged political system in Austin - taking special interest money, voting to relax the rules on himself, and sticking it to everyday Texans.

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?

“Family Values” Republicans Continue to Embrace Huge Donations From Alleged Sexual Harasser CEO

Elected officials in Texas take money from a CEO who was accused of predatory sexual behavior. Again. Who is this man, and...

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.

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...

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...

Brad Buckley, the Special Interest Candidate

Who will Brad Buckley work for in the Texas House - his campaign contributors, or the people he’s supposed to represent?

Tony Dale doesn't listen to Texans

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

Matt Shaheen doesn't listen to Texans

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

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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