John Smithee
House of Representatives (R)
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Contributing Writer | 01/20/2021
Now that lawmakers have convened in Austin, private citizens and PACs are no longer able to make political contributions, so the sole financial influence on lawmakers during the legislative session comes from lobbyists. In fact, in session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics — and taxpayers are footing the bill for a lot of it. This look at the City of Houston is the first installment in our series analyzing the top taxpayer-funded entities in Texas.
Contributing Writer | 12/02/2020
To find some of the most influential people in Austin, look no further than the lobbyists employed by hundreds of entities across the state of Texas. The highest paid lobbyists in Texas politics are hired by organizations willing to spend significant resources persuading lawmakers to support legislation that is favorable to their interests. 
Contributing Writer | 06/05/2018
Ultimately, Buckley was successful in knocking off Cosper in what was widely seen as one of the most surprising upsets of the 2018 Election Cycle thus far.