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.

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....

Matt Shaheen doesn't listen to Texans

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

Inaugural Festivities Raise Questions About Donor Influence

With Abbott just inaugurated for a second full term, questions about donor influence and the culture of pay-to-play are once again a top concern in the quest for better governance.

Birabil and Eastman Fundraising Leaders in Dallas and Houston Texas House Special Election Runoffs

Campaign finance reports were released by all candidates running for the March 3 primary and the January 28 special election runoffs, which...

How Much Did Ken Paxton Raise In 2022?

Despite his constant conspiracies, whether it is cheating on his wife or being investigated by the FBI, Attorney General Ken Paxton remains...

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?

Linda Koop doesn't listen to Texans

In just five years in the Legislature, Linda Koop has proven she can raise campaign money with the best of them. But who is Koop working for – her contributors or the people she is supposed to represent?

“Late” Lozano and “Just missed it” Johnson

Each year, Texas politicians, candidates, and state officials are required to file a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) disclosing their assets and liabilities,...

Texas House Democrats Launch Red to Blue Campaign

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee has launched what it is dubbing the 2020 Red to Blue Campaign, a new initiative to...

Never A Perfect Candidate: Criminally Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton

When comparing the 2022 statewide races to 2018’s, we see a clear uptick in fundraising from most statewide races. What has changed...

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