Our Race to Raise articles take a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office.
Tracy Marshall | 09/11/2018

“Just a little bit more.” John D. Rockefeller’s response to the question, “How much money is enough?” How much money is enough? In the last several weeks, Transparency Texas has been taking a look at the money in Texas statewide elections. The most remarkable feature of these races is the staggering financial advantage enjoyed by …

Contributing Writer | 09/04/2018

“Remember the Alamo!” may be taking on new meaning for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, as he has had to fend off attacks in his primary campaign and now again in the general election over his leadership of a project to renovate and “reimagine” the monument to the historic battle for Texas’ independence. The …

Contributing Writer | 08/28/2018

Despite its name, the Texas Railroad Commission does not actually deal with railroads. Rather, the three-member Railroad Commission is the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas. Notably, the Commission’s Chairwoman Christi Craddick, is the only woman currently holding a statewide executive office. Originally elected to the Commission in 2012 for a six-year …

Contributing Writer | 08/21/2018

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the state’s chief financial officer. Each biennium, the comptroller is responsible for providing state lawmakers with educated estimates on how much money the state will bring in, and consequently, how much money lawmakers will have available to spend in the state’s budget. Although Comptroller Hegar ran unopposed in …

Contributing Writer | 08/14/2018

Who would’ve expected the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner to be one of the most colorful, interesting battles of the 2018 election cycle? Replete with famous rock-and-rollers, criminal investigations, and military pilots, the 2018 race for “Ag Commish” is proving the old adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Sid Miller, who is seeking a second …