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.

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Trey Martinez Fischer

Trey Martinez Fischer PAC relaunched, $100,000 match

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) recently announced the relaunch of his PAC One Texas. Martinez Fischer is chair of the...
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Final HD-100 campaign finance reports filed

The four candidates in the special election to replace Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s HD-100 seat have filed their final campaign finance reports...
HD-148

Campaign finance: Texas HD-148 candidates file final reports

Campaign finance reports were released by Texas House District 148’s crowded field of candidates. The final campaign finance reports before the Nov....
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...

HD-100 election: Lorraine Birabil fundraising leader

Lorraine Birabil is winning the cash primary in the HD-100 special election. The 30-day campaign finance reports released on Tuesday show that...
HD-28 Texas

HD-28 candidate Eliz Markowitz raises $60,000 from more than 800 donors

In the race to represent Fort Bend County, Eliz Markowitz is leading the field when it comes to small-donor fundraising. In her...

HD-28 candidate Anna Allred reports $158,000 fundraising haul

The race to replace John Zerwas just got more interesting. Anna Allred, a candidate in the HD-28 special election, released her fundraising...

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