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-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...

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...

Royce West made millions off government contracts

State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) has had a very lucrative career working for governmental agencies. Over the last 12 months, West made...

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

Texas is one of only 11 states where there is no limit to how much an individual can contribute to a political...

How much do out-of-state donations affect Texas campaigns?

Think the Illuminati has a shady hold on Texas campaign finance? Think again. We’ve analyzed all of the state House of Representatives...

Money Trail: Which Texas Politicians Are Taking PAC Funds?

Campaign finance reports are out, and Political Action Committees have pumped significant cash into campaigns this year, but whose and how much?

“Family Values” Republicans Continue to Embrace Huge Donations From Alleged Sexual Harasser CEO

Elected officials in Texas take money from a CEO who was accused of predatory sexual behavior. Again. Who is this man, and...

Some of Texas' most vulnerable legislators raised the least money

The battle to control the Texas House is fully underway, but some of the state’s most vulnerable incumbents can’t collect enough cash...

With the legislative session over, candidates ready for fundraising battles

Following Monday’s deadline for filing campaign finances, we have a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities facing candidates running for state...

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