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.

HD-128 Democrat outraises Briscoe Cain after Beto endorsement

Josh Markle may be the campaign cash frontrunner for House District 128. After presidential candidate, Beto O-Rourke endorsed Markle the Deer Park...

Sam Harless doesn't listen to Texans

As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Sam Harless, public officials won’t vote in favor of their constituents.

Morgan Meyer Keeps Austin Rigged

Rep. Morgan Meyer is just another part of the rigged political system in Austin - taking special interest money, voting to relax the rules on himself, and sticking it to everyday Texans.

Joan Huffman keeps Austin rigged

Sen. Joan Huffman is just another part of the rigged political system in Austin – taking special interest money, voting to relax the rules on herself, and sticking it to everyday Texans.

Mike Schofield is financed by a man accused of sexually harassing his employee

If dirty money is enough for these elected officials to turn a blind eye to their moral obligations, what else will they look the other way for?

Donna Campbell Chooses Campaign Cash Over Homeowners

Texas is a wonderful place to live, but is notorious for its weather-related disasters. Floods, hurricanes and hailstorms are a regular occurrence every year....

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Senator Cruz’s Campaign Finance Challenge

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The latest conservative attack on a major campaign finance law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in Senator Ted Cruz's bid to undo a provision limiting the...

Latest Campaign Finance Reports Shed Light Ahead of 2020 House Primaries

New campaign finance reports released this week by primary candidates for the Texas House show many of the hotly contested races remain...

Gov. Greg Abbott raises nearly 50 times as much as Lupe Valdez

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has raised nearly 50 times more than his opponent Democrat Lupe Valdez in the state’s gubernatorial race, according to the latest campaign filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.

Matt Rinaldi doesn't listen to Texans

We won’t get the consumer protection we deserve- on insurance, from utilities, from corporations; As long as the business lobbyists have their deals and willing politicians like Matt Rinaldi.

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