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.

11/29/17

Will Your Name Be Disclosed If You Give Money?

In five minutes or less, you can understand what kinds of organizations have to report the names of donors and…

11/03/17

Is There Too Much Money in Politics?

84% of Americans say “yes,” according to a 2015 New York Times / CBS poll. A clear majority of Republicans,…

08/09/17

Faster, Easier, More Accurate Data, For You

At Transparency Texas, our mission is to serve you, the freedom-loving citizens of Texas, by providing clear, easy-to-understand information about…

07/19/17

Where’s the New Campaign Finance Data?

You’ll notice the campaign finance data on our website goes only to March 22, 2017. The reason? That’s the most…

06/30/17

What’s A Reporting Period and Why Does It Matter?

The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) regularly requires officeholders, candidates, and PACs to report the money they’ve raised and spent during…

06/07/17

Opening the Financial Floodgates: Money and the Special Session

Once every two years when the Texas Legislature is in session for 140 days, all legislators in the Capitol, along…

04/06/17

Understanding the System, the Deadlines, and the Deception

The Texas Legislature convenes for only 140 days every odd-numbered year, but all of that time is not spent working…

03/22/17

Understanding Corporate Contributions

The general rule in Texas is that corporations cannot make contributions to candidates and political committees. So, you may ask…

02/22/17

Revolving Door Lobbyists

During the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature, a slew of bills have been filed which aim to curb the…

02/15/17

Wining And Dining Elected Officials

Texas politicians can be influenced by two financial sources: campaign contributions and lobbyist expenditures. During the Texas legislative session, state law…