Capitol Crowd

Our Capitol Crowd series outlines and highlights the politicians, advocacy groups, and donors that have the biggest impact during the 140-day legislative session. Check back throughout the session for updates.


Prominent PACs and Donors Propped Up Bonnen, Even as Texas Rangers Investigated

Although disgraced Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen announced he would not seek reelection, he has not yet resigned,…


How Much Does it Cost to Win a Seat in the Texas House?

In 2018 the average spent by politicians who won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives was $354,099. As…


A Luxury Lifestyle on the Donor Dime

You know those iffy charges from your last work trip that you decided not to include on your expense report…


House Chairmen Raised 395% of Amount Raised By Colleagues

Being appointed the chairman of a committee in the Texas House not only means power — it also means money….


Financial Fallout from the Bonnen Scandal

Embattled Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek reelection in 2020. Here’s…


Sanders Unveils Flawed Campaign Finance Agenda

Bernie Sanders’ recent heart attack may be keeping him off the campaign trail for a while, but he is still…


Freedom Caucus Fundraising Down 62 Percent

Following the last legislative session, conservative activists and donors across Texas expressed dismay with what they believed to be lackluster…


How Vulnerable is Dustin Burrows?

Texas House Representative Dustin Burrows, who represents District 83 (Lubbock and a swath of West Texas), resigned his post as…


Top Donor to Bonnen Investigator is … Dennis Bonnen?

On Wednesday, the Texas House General Investigating Committee, tasked with investigating internal House affairs, announced it will hold a public…


Top Ten Texas PACs for 2020

These ten Texas PACs have already taken in more than $14 million combined, which they will use to support their…