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.

03/20/19

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….

03/06/19

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…

02/27/19

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…

02/20/19

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…

02/12/19

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….

02/06/19

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…

01/28/19

You asked. We answered.

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

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 February 12, 2019, to include all transactions from the 2018 Texas election cycle — August 20,…

09/11/18

Staggering Cash Advantage for Statewide Incumbents

“Just a little bit more.” John D. Rockefeller’s response to the question, “How much money is enough?” How much money…