Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
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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 …

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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 …

Transparency USA | 03/01/2020

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, when Texas and 13 other states host primary elections. The Democratic presidential primary candidates have been getting all the attention, but you’ll also find other national, state, and local candidates on the ballot. Transparency Texas can help you make informed decisions about the Texas state-level elections. Our site is your one-stop …

Tracy Marshall | 02/04/2020

As the 2020 elections begin to heat up in Texas, much of the focus will certainly be on the money flowing into the candidates’ war chests. If early numbers for this election cycle are any indicator, small dollar donors will have a big impact on the upcoming elections. The prevailing narrative in recent years has …