A Closer Look

Our A Closer Look series provides a breakdown of a particular donor’s giving habits within Texas politics. We specifically analyze to whom money is given and when, providing context so citizens can determine the motivation behind the donor’s giving. Stay tuned for the next installment.

03/26/19

A Closer Look: Kel Seliger, The Fourth Most Powerful Politician in Texas?

There’s a lot of talk about Texas’ Big Three — Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and new Speaker…

01/22/19

Who is Buying Access to Texas’ Top Politicians?

Texas politicians and PACs are required to file reports with the Texas Ethics Commission listing all their campaign contributions and…

12/18/18

A Closer Look: Who’s Really Buying Texas?

*This article was updated April 2019, to include all transactions from the 2018 Texas election cycle — January 1, 2017…

12/11/18

A Closer Look: Top 10 PACs of the 2018 Election Season

Discover the top 10 Political Action Committees (PACs) that spent the most on the 2018 Texas elections. 1.  Texas Association…

12/05/18

A Closer Look: Top 10 Donors of the 2018 Texas Election Cycle

Meet Texas’s top 10 donors of the 2018 election season. Each of these heavy hitters has given more than a…

11/28/18

A Closer Look: 2018 Texas Elections

Money drives politics, but it’s often hard to understand. With contributions to candidates and PACs in the hundreds of millions,…

05/22/17

A Closer Look – Steve & Amber Mostyn

Ultra-liberal power couple Steve and Amber Mostyn have long been some of the biggest players in Texas politics. They are…

03/27/17

A Closer Look – George Soros

Hedge fund billionaire, George Soros, is well-known for his leftist political activism around the globe, but you might be surprised…

03/20/17

A Closer Look – Farris & Jo Ann Wilks

Farris & Jo Ann Wilks live in Cisco, Texas, a small town between Abilene and Fort Worth. Farris and his brother…

03/15/17

A Closer Look – Robert McNair

As owner of the Houston Texans NFL franchise, Robert C. “Bob” McNair is a household name across much of the state. Founder of…