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.

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…

02/13/17

What’s An Interest Group?

There are countless advocacy groups in Texas that promote certain policies or principles or advance the interests of various groups…

09/20/16

Follow the Money

More than $225,000,000.00. That’s the amount of money raised by Texas candidates and PACs in the last election cycle alone,…