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.
Friends of The University of Texas at Austin
$314,433Cash on Hand
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|$84,500.00||Charles W Matthews Jr|
|$65,000.00||William H Cunningham|
|$60,000.00||Carlos M Zaffirini Jr|
|$58,500.00||James I Perkins|
|$50,000.00||Dee S Osborne|
|$48,500.00||Catherine and Sam L Susser|
|$46,000.00||Gary & Sylvie Crum|
|$42,000.00||Carol Franklin Heller|
|$40,000.00||Charles W Tate|
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With the 86th legislative session rapidly drawing to a close, all eyes are on the Senate and House bills that could reform Texas property taxes — and now, by extension, school financing — if they are passed in time.
There’s a lot of talk about Texas’ Big Three — Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and new Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. Considered the three most powerful politicians in Austin, and all conservative Republicans, they made headlines when they declared in January that they would be working as a team to reform property taxes and the school finance system.