This article is Part 2 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.
Republican Party of Texas
Texas Political Action Committee
$782,138Cash on Hand
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|$225,000.00||Ronald G Hickman Campaign|
|$100,000.00||Robert & Janice McNair|
|$90,000.00||RHS Investments I, LP|
|$50,000.00||John L and Barbara Nau III|
|$50,000.00||Ryan Texas PAC|
|$45,000.00||Elloine M Clark|
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|$395,383.42||Neumann & Company|
|$127,494.00||TADA Buliding, LP|
|$88,857.26||Majority Strategies LLC|
|$74,891.40||Stampede Consulting LLC|
|$72,523.82||Olsen & Company, LP|
|$63,699.65||Highland 211 Ri LLC|
In session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics. Taxpayers foot a sizable chunk of the bill, accounting for as much as $110 million (over 16 percent of the total reported lobbying money) during the 2020 election cycle time period. Another $70,429,959 (also around 16 percent of the total) has spent using taxpayer dollars in the 2021 so far.
As the 87th Texas legislative session resumes after a two week adjournment, efforts to ban taxpayer-funded (TPF) lobbying are back in the spotlight. Considered priority legislation by the Republican Party of Texas, bills were once again filed by State. Rep. Mayes Middleton (R—Wallisville) in the House, and State Sen. Bob Hall (R—Edgewood) in the Senate.