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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.

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Texans deserve to know what motivates our representatives in their decisions and votes. That's why we're making politicians' personal finance statements available to the public.

What is Jose Lozano hiding?

Jose M. Lozano has had trouble coming clean with who’s giving him money.

Morgan Meyer's Murky Money

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Shaheen for Sale

State Representative Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) has only been in office for two terms, but he’s wasted no time raking in special interest campaign money....

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...

Kelly Hancock can be bought, even at the public's expense

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Donna Campbell Chooses Campaign Cash Over Homeowners

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Tony Tinderholdt’s Terrible History With Money

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Brad Buckley: Friend of special interests

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Valoree Swanson’s interests are not aligned with her district

Money can have a large influence in decision making and that’s exactly what political action committees (PACs) are hoping for when contributing to campaigns....

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