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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.

Sam Harless doesn't listen to Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Sam Harless, public officials won’t vote in favor of their constituents.

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.

Don Huffines, senator of the insurance companies

When it comes to priorities, Huffines’ made it clear that he’s a senator for insurers, not for his constituents.

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Linda Koop jumps through hoops To please campaign contributors

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San Antonio Democrat Lopez Outraises, Outspends House District 125 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 12th election.

DATA: Download Personal Financial Statements

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Donna Campbell, friend of the insurance industry

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Rick Miller’s Got a Problem With Dirty Money

According to Texas Ethics Commission, State Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) has received more than $480,000 in campaign contributions in just a few years...

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