Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
Contributing Writer | 01/12/2021

**Editor’s Note: Since this article went live, the Texas House formally elected Dade Phelan as Speaker of the House.** Texas House Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) is expected to be the next Texas Speaker of the House to replace outgoing Speaker Dennis Bonnen.  After announcing a list of 83 members supporting his bid in November, Phelan …

Kalyn Stralow | 01/06/2021

As Texas enters its 87th legislative session on January 12, Transparency USA will continue to bring you access to the latest data from the money in state-level politics. In addition to campaign finance numbers, 2021 is our first year to provide citizens with access to lobbying data from the very beginning of the legislative session. We want to …

Tracy Marshall | 12/17/2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we’ve taken a look back at the year’s three biggest stories from the money in Texas politics. Here’s a quick look at those stories and what we can learn moving forward. 1. Outside money poured in to help Democrats flip the Texas House, to no avail. A top goal …

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Tracy Marshall | 12/01/2020

With threats to blacklist Trump supporters making headlines, Transparency USA has been getting questions about whether political donors can be “doxxed,” along with requests to remove donors’ names from our site. It’s worth noting that doxxing doesn’t just happen on one side of the aisle. This fall, among other examples, celebrity rapper Cardi B reported …

Contributing Writer | 11/09/2020

When we were kids, the TV show Schoolhouse Rock taught us how laws were passed in Congress with its catchy “I’m Just a Bill” tune. Here’s a run-down on how it works in Texas. Why It’s Important: It’s important to understand how the system works because lawmakers often use the built-in deadlines to torpedo legislation …