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.

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…

01/15/19

The Session is Here. What Do You Want?

All eyes are on Austin, as Texas politicians have gathered for the once-every-two-years legislative session. We thought we’d 1)let you…

01/08/19

Three Things You Need to Know About Money and the Legislative Session

Every two years, Texas lawmakers gather in Austin for 140 days to do their work. The 86th Session of the…

12/18/18

A Closer Look: Who’s Really Buying Texas?

*This article was updated April 2019, to include all transactions from the 2018 Texas election cycle — January 1, 2017…

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…

01/30/18

New 2018 Campaign Finance Data

New data is here, which means it’s time for citizens to take action. Our team has been busy working to…

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…