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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.

Cynthia Flores won't listen to Texans

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

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...

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...

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.

Political Fundraising Worrisome During COVID-19

Fundraising is the bread and butter for a political campaign, but how do organizations that support candidates do what they do best...
Greg Abbott

ERCOT Board Members Donations to Abbott

Three current board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas have contributed thousands of dollars to Gov. Greg Abbott's campaigns over...

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.

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.

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