This article is Part 3 of a four-part series demonstrating how the money in a lobby sector can impact state politics and legislation. We’ve selected the Green Energy sector due to a resurgence of interest in a behind-the-scenes look at renewables following the 2021 snowstorms, but you can follow the money in any industry of interest that is spending lobbying dollars in Austin.
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|$112,753.02||Texas REALTORS Political Action Committee|
|$50,004.33||Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC|
|$47,500.00||Charles C Butt|
|$43,263.25||Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund|
|$35,000.00||S Javaid Anwar|
|$30,000.00||Exelon Corporation Political Action Committee|
|$30,000.00||Friends of the University Political Action Committee|
|$30,000.00||Russell T Kelley|
|$27,500.00||AT&T Inc. Texas Political Action Committee|
|$22,500.00||Texas Land Title Association PAC|
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|$1,779,749.50||Murphy Nasica & Associates|
|$290,011.62||Upstream Communications LP|
|$166,187.00||Citibusiness AAdvantage Card|
|$92,990.00||Ragnar Research Partners LLC|
|$80,833.33||Gear and Lever Consulting LLC|
|$38,864.50||Keel Systems LLC|
For the 2020 election cycle (2019 – 2020), more than $109 million in taxpayer dollars was being spent to lobby Austin politicians. With our Lobbying Data feature, Texans can see which organizations hired lobbyists, who they hired, and how much they spent. In addition to pulling back the curtain on lobbying — the largest source of money and influence on Texas lawmakers — we have also divided the organizations hiring lobbyists into two categories: those who are taxpayer-funded and those who are privately-funded.
You know those iffy charges from your last work trip that you decided not to include on your expense report because they’d probably get flagged by HR? Whether it was that $10 candy from the hotel mini-bar, a round of golf that wasn’t necessarily all business, or new underwear because you forgot to pack any, some expenses are more questionable (or embarrassing) than others.