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.

Jonathan Stickland doesn't listen to Texans

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

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.

Texas Supreme Court Changes their Mind after a $250k Donation from Apache Corp

After a long legal battle against Apache Corp, which was apparently going to end on October 2nd, 2020 when the Texas Supreme...

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.

Bail Bond Bill Becomes Law After Heavy Donations From the Industry to Patrick

A controversial bail bond bill was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in Houston on Monday. The law is supposed to target violent...

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...

Rick Miller’s Got a Problem With Dirty Money

According to Texas Ethics Commission, State Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) has received more than $480,000 in campaign contributions in just a few years...

Special interests and PACs race to support Cynthia Flores

If voted to office, Flores would just another part of the rigged political system in Austin - taking special interest money, making promises to follow agendas, and sticking it to everyday Texans.

Ken Strange is no stranger to conflicts of interest

Legislators and candidates should go out of their way to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest, not cut corners to subsidize their employers.

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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