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.


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…


The Session Is Over. Now’s the Time To Keep An Eye on the Money.

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 27, 2019. As politicians begin to jockey for position going…


Why Conservatives May Put Away the Checkbook for 2020

After the 140-day legislative session drew to a close on Monday, it appears there may be a lot less money…


Who Knew A Calendar Could Be So Deadly?

Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen apparently struck a deal with House Democrats to use the Calendars Committee to…