Transparency USA has made some New Year's resolutions!
The "Donors" category has been renamed "Contributors" to clarify
that not all contributions are monetary donations.
The "PACs" category has been renamed to "Committees," because the
term "Political Action Committee" is not used in every state.
Soon, we will be rolling out changes to better differentiate
between different types of transactions, whether monetary,
non-monetary (in-kind), or something else. These different
transaction types will also be handled more consistently among
Six of 15 Texas State Senate committee chairs raised less money than the average member this cycle
by Joel Williams 12/31/2022
Elections for all 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place on Nov. 8, 2022. Republicans held an 18-13 majority heading into the election.
Committee chair fundraising
State legislative committee chairs set a committee’s legislative agenda. Some committee chairs raise significantly more money than their non-chair counterparts in the state legislature. The average amount raised by delegates who did not serve as a committee chair was $609,242. The funds raised by each of the State Senate’s 15 committee chairs are shown below.
Water, Agriculture, & Rural Affairs Committee – Charles Perry – $266,901
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Texas PACs submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.