Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
Transparency USA | 07/12/2021

You asked, we answered. We were recently contacted by a reader wanting to know who leads the institution responsible for regulating campaign finance in Texas.  The Texas Ethics Commission The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC), an influential body that provides “guidance on various public ethics laws” in Texas, is a powerful entity in Texas state politics. …

Tracy Marshall | 06/23/2021

Governor Greg Abbott made headlines this week when he literally defunded the Texas legislature. But lawmakers still have options, namely your campaign donations. The Backstory Abbott declared election integrity a priority item for lawmakers to tackle in this year’s legislative session, which ran from January through Memorial Day. Proponents of election integrity efforts claim changes …

Transparency USA | 06/15/2021

The floodgates of Texas political giving are about to reopen on June 21 and they will not close again while the Texas Legislature convenes for upcoming special sessions. Laws Meant to Uphold Legislative Integrity During the regular session, strict regulations require Texas lawmakers to stop accepting donations to their campaign finance accounts. The moratorium on …

Transparency USA | 03/30/2021

Last month, the bill attempting to ban taxpayer-funded lobbying appeared unlikely to make it out of the Texas House State Affairs Committee. The atmosphere has shifted in the last week, after so many people came to testify at a hearing for House Bill 749 that the meeting lasted until early the next morning. The sheer …

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Transparency USA | 03/02/2021

The For the People Act of 2021—known as H.R. 1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate—was introduced in the US House on January 4 as a primary concern of the Biden administration, and passed in the U.S. House on March 3rd. An almost identical bill was introduced in 2019, and passed in the …