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 #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…


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…


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,…


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…