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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.

HD-100 campaign finance

Campaign finance reports are out. Here’s what they tell us.

Monday, July 15 marked the second filing deadline this year for statewide candidates and officeholders to file a campaign finance report.

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?  

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.

Ron Simmons helps keep Austin rigged

Rep. Ron Simmons 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.

8-Day Filing for Special Election in House District 79

When State Representative Joe Pickett (D- El Paso) announced his resignation from the Texas Legislature just prior to the start of the 86th session, a vacancy opened in Texas House District 79.

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....

A look at the finances of the two front runners for Senate District 6

Reform Austin takes a look at the personal financial statements of the two leading candidates in the special election for State Senate District 6.


With Election Day a week away, the Texas Ethics Commission recently released the four candidates’ 8-day campaign finance filings, the last required report before the February 12th election.
HD-28 Texas

HD-28 Texas candidates release campaign finance reports

Campaign finance reports were released by candidates running in the HD-28 Texas special election. These will be the last campaign finance...

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.

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