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.
Transparency USA | 02/09/2021

Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, more than $662.5 million dollars were reported as contributions to Texas state-level candidates and PACs. Of that total, an astounding $46.9 million in donations went to Governor Greg Abbott’s campaign account. To put that number in context, Abbott’s donations account for seven percent of all Texas campaign …

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Transparency USA | 12/10/2020

Texas State Senate District 30 has captured the attention of political spectators across the entire state, as two candidates with markedly different backgrounds vie for the seat in a special runoff election. Early voting began December 9 for the December 19 election. Why Is This Race Getting So Much Attention? Seasoned House Rep. Drew Springer …

Transparency USA | 11/12/2020

Does spending the most money during a campaign win elections? Historically, Texas has shown a strong correlation between a candidate’s ability to outspend their opponent(s) and victory on Election Day.  In 2020, Texas experienced a remarkably expensive election cycle, with almost $536 million spent in Texas state-level campaign finance as of the most recently available …

Transparency USA | 10/30/2020

The last campaign finance reports to be filed by Texas state-level candidates before Election Tuesday were due October 26 to the Texas Ethics Commission. With that latest update, all available pre-election campaign finance data for the 2020 election cycle is now included in Transparency USA’s Texas database. Here are a few highlights from the 2020 …

Transparency USA | 10/01/2020

Two weeks ago, Transparency USA reported about Forward Majority, a national political action committee (PAC) targeting the Texas House and several other state legislatures with the intent of flipping control to the Democrats ahead of the 2021 redistricting process. With Democrats only nine seats away from flipping the Texas House, it’s no surprise that Forward …