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.

Houston Democrat Morales Outraises, Outspends House District 145 Opponent

With Election Day one week away, the Texas Ethics Commission recently released eight-day campaign finance filings, the last required report before the March 5th election.

Find Texas Legislators’ and Candidates’ Personal Financial Statements Here

With the 2020 election season in full swing, voters are considering candidates in the primaries who will represent them in the Texas...

What Is Jose Lozano Hiding?

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

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...

Rigged: Sam Harless rides the carousel of money and influence

Who will Sam Harless work for in the Texas House – his campaign contributors, or the people he’s supposed to represent?

Ted Cruz Used Campaign Funds to Promote Book

According to The Daily Beast, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz used money obtained for his campaign last year to promote his own book,...

Going into the 86th Legislature, Senate Members Have $30.9 Million Cash on Hand

Collectively, Senate members have maintained over $30.9 million in contributions entering the regular session, according to the latest campaign finance filings.

With the legislative session over, candidates ready for fundraising battles

Following Monday’s deadline for filing campaign finances, we have a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities facing candidates running for state...

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