Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
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Tracy Marshall | 08/24/2020

Now, exclusively at Transparency USA, you can directly compare the money in any state-level election. See all the candidates in a given race, side-by-side, along with their donations and expenditures. Because when you’re tracking a particular candidate, you want to know exactly how they stack up against their opponents at every stage of the election …

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Contributing Writer | 08/17/2020

According to a recent study* by Ballotpedia, 97.3 percent of state legislators seeking reelection have advanced to the general election. This turnover rate isn’t unique. In fact, it’s in line with the percentage of incumbents advancing from the primary to the general elections in 2018 (97 percent) and 2016 (97.5 percent). The caricature of the …

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 …