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.
House of Representatives (D)
$125,856Cash on Hand
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|$125,500.00||Jim Turner for Congress Committee|
|$59,000.66||Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC|
|$30,250.00||House Democratic Campaign Committee|
|$30,151.73||Texas REALTORS PAC (DISSOLVED)|
|$10,156.25||Marguerite Steed Hoffman|
|$10,000.00||Haynes and Boone Political Action Committee|
|$10,000.00||Majed Nachawati II|
|$10,000.00||Texas House Democrats Incumbent Fund|
|$9,079.00||Powered by People|
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|$258,177.88||Content Media Company|
|$140,081.01||Blue Nation Strategies|
|$53,248.61||Angie Mastagni Matthews Political Strategies LLC|
|$29,226.94||Strategy First Technologies LLC|
|$25,621.52||Tilt Global Consulting LLC|
|$24,500.00||Megan Rodman McGilberry (Consult)|
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Top Personal Donations
From reports filed by the recipients of these funds, it appears these transactions originated from personal rather than campaign accounts.
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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.
The most closely watched battle in Texas state-level politics is the effort by Democrats to flip the Texas House to blue this November. If Democrats can hold the 12 seats they gained in 2018 and take nine more, they will control the Texas House for the first time in more than two decades. The upcoming redistricting process, set to happen in 2021, redraws the legislative maps for both state and federal legislatures and makes this election even more consequential.