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Category: 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.

Campaign Finance

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.

Campaign Finance

Morgan Meyer doesn't listen to 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.

Campaign Finance

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 his

Campaign Finance

Dwayne Bohac doesn't listen to Texans

As long politicians like Dwayne Bohac are willing to accept lobbyists and special interest contributions, our taxes will go up and our services will suffer.

Campaign Finance

Linda Koop doesn't listen to Texans

In just five years in the Legislature, Linda Koop has proven she can raise campaign money with the best of them. But who is Koop working for – her contributors or the people she is supposed to represent?

Campaign Finance

Tony Dale doesn't listen to Texans

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

Campaign Finance

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.

Campaign Finance

Cynthia Flores won't listen to Texans

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

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