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.

Tony Tinderholdt’s Terrible History With Money

A whopping $33,000 suddenly disappearing can’t be a simple error when Tony Tinderholt is involved. Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt (R-Tarrant County) touts his conservative...

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Says Dr. Anthony Fauci “Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking...

Despite Texas’ surge of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday evening that he doesn’t need the advice of the...

A look at the finances of the two front runners for Senate District 6

Reform Austin takes a look at the personal financial statements of the two leading candidates in the special election for State Senate District 6.

Don Huffines, senator of the insurance companies

When it comes to priorities, Huffines’ made it clear that he’s a senator for insurers, not for his constituents.

Special interest gets their money's worth with Tony Dale

Despite attempts in the Legislature to protect consumers, the status quo prevails, thanks to politicians like Tony Dale. When special interest money influences politicians to vote in their contributor’s favor, Texans lose.

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...

San Antonio Democrat Lopez Outraises, Outspends House District 125 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 12th election.

Morgan Meyer Represents Special Interest, Not Texans

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

Gary Elkins doesn't listen to Texans

Since State Representative Gary Elkins (R-Houston) was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 1994, special interest money has played a big role in...

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....

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