Earlier this month, Transparency USA created a survey asking our Texas audience to help shape our content for the Texas Legislative Session. You weighed in on the topics that are most helpful as you seek the answers you need about the money in Texas politics. We wanted to share those results with you. Thanks to those who took the time to respond. Every response helps us serve you better.
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|
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.
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.