How It Works

Our How It Works series pulls back the curtain on the inter-workings of state government by identifying who’s involved, defining what they do, and explaining the motivations behind their actions.


Money Myth #5: You can’t make a difference.

This week we close out our series on the Myths about Money in Politics by debunking the most insidious myth…


I’m Just a Bill, Languishing on Capitol, er … in Austin Part 2

Last week we gave you an overview of how a bill becomes law in Texas. Now that you know how…


I’m Just a Bill, Languishing on Capitol, er… in Austin

When we were kids, the TV show Schoolhouse Rock taught us how laws were passed in Congress with its catchy…


Money Myth #4: Dark Money Should Be Exposed.

“Dark money” is a term used to describe political spending by groups that are not required to disclose their donors….


Money Myth #3: Refusing Corporate PAC Money Will Reduce Political Corruption

“I pledge not to take even a dime from corporate PACs!” It’s become a familiar mantra. Refusing money from corporate…


The Battle over Tax-Funded Lobbying: What You Need to Know

When lawmakers convene in Austin, the biggest financial influence on them shifts from campaign contributions to lobbying. And taxpayers are…


Money Myth #2: There Should Be Limits on Campaign Contributions

Cries for “Campaign Finance Reform” come from both sides of the political aisle. It’s popular for candidates and interest groups…


Money Myth #1: There’s Too Much Money in Politics

A big part of our mission at Transparency Texas is to help citizens understand how money in politics really works….


Abbott’s Motivation to Strike a More Moderate Tone

Yesterday Governor Greg Abbott delivered the 2019 State of the State Address. Like the convening of the Texas legislature, the State…


You asked. We answered.

At Transparency Texas, our mission is to make it easy for you to understand the money in Texas politics. Political…