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Tracy Marshall | 06/04/2020

Welcome! This week we launched Transparency USA, where our mission is to provide clear, accurate, easy-to-understand information about the money in state politics.  What We Offer Formerly Transparency Texas, we have expanded to include campaign finance data for nine states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. You can search all …

Tracy Marshall | 05/18/2020

In Texas politics, the real financial powerhouse is not the money given by individuals and political action committees (PACs) —  it’s lobbying. In fact, in the last election cycle, the money spent on lobbying exceeded all money donated to Texas candidates and PACs by more than $100,000,000.  What might be even more surprising is that …

Contributing Writer | 05/13/2020

For the 2020 election cycle (2019 – 2020), more than $107 million in taxpayer dollars is being spent to lobby Austin politicians. With our new Lobbying Data feature, Texans can now see which organizations are hiring lobbyists, who they’re hiring, and how much they’re spending. In addition to pulling back the curtain on lobbying — …

Tracy Marshall | 04/30/2020

Rumors have been swirling in the political world about what’s going on with fundraising — who’s ahead and who’s behind. We decided to pull the data, do the math, and bring you the numbers. We compared 2020 to the 2018 election cycle. What we found was, frankly, shocking.  Let’s Start With The Numbers The most …

Contributing Writer | 04/22/2020

Every election cycle, the donations given to Texas candidates and PACs come under intense scrutiny by media outlets, politicians, and citizens alike. Everyone wants to know who the biggest donors are (it’s always one of our most-viewed pages each cycle) and to speculate whether they are buying influence in Austin. Who gets a lot less …