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.

Going into the 86th Legislature, Senate Members Have $30.9 Million Cash on Hand

Collectively, Senate members have maintained over $30.9 million in contributions entering the regular session, according to the latest campaign finance filings.

Going into the 86th Legislature, House Members Have $33.7 Million Cash on Hand

Collectively, House members have maintained $33.7 million entering the regular session, led by Speaker Bonnen who maintains $4.5 million in contributions, 83 percent of which came in the weeks following his press conference on Nov. 12 announcing he had secured the votes to become Speaker.

Inaugural Festivities Raise Questions About Donor Influence

With Abbott just inaugurated for a second full term, questions about donor influence and the culture of pay-to-play are once again a top concern in the quest for better governance.

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:

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.

Upcoming fundraising moratorium fuels post-election chase For campaign cash

Political fundraising for Texas politicians is prohibited from December 8th to June 17, 2019.

Abbott outraises Valdez by nearly 10 times in latest campaign filing

Incumbents in the top state races have outraised their challengers, according to the latest campaign filings.

Rocker Don Henley gives Texas political candidates a boost

Don Henley - yes, the guitar shredding crooner who founded the Eagles - has donated money to Texas Democrats running in this fall’s election, according to filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.

Here's how much money was raised in races for these state offices

Here's how much money was raised during the last period for three statewide races in Texas.

Kimberly Olson out raises Sid Miller in agriculture commissioner race

Kimberly Olson has raised nearly five times as much as incumbent Sid Miller in the race for Texas agriculture commissioner.

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