Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
Contributing Writer | 08/11/2020

Why Texans Should Care About Redistricting Before the events of 2020 redirected both state and national attention toward far-reaching issues like the coronavirus and allegations of systemic racism, much of the focus of the Texas election season was centered on the upcoming redistricting process.  While it may sound innocuous — even tedious, particularly compared to …

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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 …

Tracy Marshall | 04/15/2020

Transparency Texas is excited to announce our newest feature: Texas Lobbying Data. After more than a year spent carefully building our user-friendly database, we now offer the most comprehensive, searchable source of information on the money spent to lobby your representatives in Austin.  You can see the names of the lobbyists who are “wining and …

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Tracy Marshall | 03/16/2020

In Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate, frontrunner Joe Biden renewed his call for eliminating private money from elections and instead having federally-funded campaigns. Candidates from both sides of the aisle are increasingly interested in having the government fund their election efforts. Here are five reasons why more government control is the wrong way to make campaigns …