Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
Transparency USA | 02/15/2017

Texas politicians can be influenced by two financial sources: campaign contributions and lobbyist expenditures. During the Texas legislative session, state law prohibits campaign contributions to legislators. This is designed to prevent donors and PACs from currying favor with legislators while they are casting votes. For example, if you wanted to donate to the campaign of your House representative, you are not …

Transparency USA | 02/13/2017

There are countless advocacy groups in Texas that promote certain policies or principles or advance the interests of various groups of people. These types of organizations are often formed as non-profit corporations, though some can be for-profit entities. Legally they are allowed to spend money to speak on causes and issues, as well as candidates, …

Transparency USA | 09/20/2016

More than $225,000,000.00. That’s the amount of money raised by Texas candidates and PACs in the last election cycle alone, January 1, 2015 – August 9, 2016. Yes, nearly a quarter of a billion dollars flowed through political hands in Texas—and that doesn’t count the money given to candidates in national races or presidential campaigns. …