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 State Leadership Committee PAC and Individual Account
Texas Political Action Committee
$694Cash on Hand
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|$2,000,000.00||Dr Miriam Adelson|
|$1,000,000.00||Janet L Duncan|
|$1,000,000.00||Joe C Walter III|
|$1,000,000.00||Michael & Mary Porter|
|$125,000.00||Daniel & Pamella DeVos|
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|$4,041,867.11||Expenditures Not Related to Texas|
|$1,432,473.30||Murphy Nasica & Associates|
|$1,339,247.23||Strategic Media Placement|
|$522,830.26||Anthem Media Inc|
|$500,250.00||Flexpoint Media Inc|
|$425,322.31||Front Line Strategies Inc|
|$402,794.22||Allyn Media LLC|
|$355,750.00||Ragnar Research Partners LLC|
|$230,000.00||Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund|
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.
Our new “Money Behind the Committee Chair” series spotlights the Texas lawmakers chairing prominent committees during the 87th Legislative Session, and the individual donors and PACs who have supported their campaigns leading up to this session.