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.

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…

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…