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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Dennis Paul keeps Austin rigged

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Tony Tinderholt: mismanagement, debt and bankruptcy

Tony Tinderholt has shown a disturbing pattern of financial mismanagement and irresponsibility, both as a private citizen and as a member of the Texas House.

Texas' top 5 individual donors gave over $4 million in funds

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July Finance Reports Show First Glimpse of Statewide GOP Primary Challenges

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Morgan Meyer’s Murky Money

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Rodney Anderson doesn't listen Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Rodney Anderson, we won’t get what our families need - honest government and real transparency.

Alvarado, Hernandez lead the fundraising pack in Senate 6 special election

The four candidates vying for Texas’ Senate District 6 seat have each filed their final campaign finance reports, due eight days ahead of the December 11 Special Election date. Here’s how much money the candidates in the special election race have raised:

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Craig Goldman Represents Special Interests, Not Us

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