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…

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…

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…

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…