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.
Commissioner of Agriculture (R)
$153,716Cash on Hand
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|$50,000.00||R Drayton McLane Jr|
|$30,000.00||Holloway Frost & Kathaleen Wall|
|$22,500.00||Trammell S Crow|
|$20,000.00||Vinson Capital LLC|
|$15,000.00||David A and Darlene Pendery|
|$10,000.00||H Ross Perot Jr|
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|$78,736.15||Visa Marriott Credit Card|
|$50,000.00||Todd Smith & Associates|
|$23,785.00||Kauf Services and Solutions LLC|
|$22,715.05||Vici Media Group|
|$9,365.98||Wishlist Direct / VoterDirect Texas|
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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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|$500.00||Republican Party of Texas|
|$210.00||Canyon Lake Republican Women PAC|
|$118.95||Texas Federation of Republican Women PAC|
|$110.00||Salado Area Republican Women|
|$105.00||Cherry Tree Republicans PAC|
|$100.00||Johnson County Republican Women's PAC|
|$100.00||San Antonio Republican Women|
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.