Campaign Finance

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.

Konni Burton keeps Austin rigged

When it comes to priorities, Sen. Konni Burton’s made it clear that she’s a senator for insurers, not for her constituents.

Morgan Meyer Keeps Austin Rigged

Rep. Morgan Meyer 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.

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.

Morgan Meyer, Representative of Special Interest Groups and PACs

Who does Morgan Meyer work for – his campaign contributors, or the people he is supposed to represent?

These politicians are financed by a man accused of sexually harassing his employee

If dirty money is enough for these elected officials to turn a blind eye to their moral obligations, what else will they look the other way for?

Mike Schofield is financed by a man accused of sexually harassing his employee

If dirty money is enough for these elected officials to turn a blind eye to their moral obligations, what else will they look the other way for?

Dwayne Bohac is financed by a man accused of sexually harassing his employee

If dirty money is enough for these elected officials to turn a blind eye to their moral obligations, what else will they look the other way for?

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?

Craig Goldman Represents Special Interests, Not Us

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Linda Koop jumps through hoops To please campaign contributors

who is Koop working for - her contributors or the people she is supposed to represent?

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