Race to Raise

Our Race to Raise series takes a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office. Stay tuned for the next installment.


Race to Raise: Largent vs. Lang

To understand the dynamics at play in the Largent vs. Lang race for House District 60, think back for a moment to the 2016 primary elections. At that time, skirmishes between the liberal and conservative factions inside the Republican Party were brewing into a full scale civil war. HD 60 was home to one of… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Garza vs. Guillen

The race for House District 31 was one of the few contested Democrat primaries in the Texas House during the 2018 Election Cycle. Six term incumbent State Representative Ryan Guillen faced off with challenger Ana Lisa Garza, a former district judge. Guillen hasn’t made many waves in Austin during his tenure as a state representative,… CONTINUE


Race to Raise: Carter vs. Reynolds

Historically, Texas has had its fair share of wheeling and dealing public officials. The list of those who have used “The Honorable” title for personal gain or as a means to evade legal woes is long. Many political insiders in Austin have already added current State Representative Ron Reynolds‘ name to this infamous list. Reynolds… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Seliger vs. Canon vs. Leal

In a three-way primary race to represent Texas Senate District 31, incumbent State Senator Kel Seliger barely held off challenges by former Midland Mayor Mike Canon and Muleshoe Mayor and restauranteur Victor Leal. Seliger squeaked by with 50.5% of the vote to avoid a run-off with Canon. Here’s a quick look at the numbers: Texas… CONTINUE


Race to Raise: Martinez-Fischer vs. Arevalo

One of the closest, most hotly contested races of the 2018 campaign season was the Democrat primary for Texas House District 116 (San Antonio). The battle lines were drawn between veteran politician and former State Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer, who held the seat from 2001-2017 and newcomer State Representative Diana Arevalo, who held the seat for… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Burkett vs. Hall

One of the most high profile races of the 2018 Primary Election was in Texas Senate District 2. State Senator Bob Hall, who has represented SD2 since 2014, was challenged by former State Representative Cindy Burkett, HD113. Burkett walked away from the seat she held in the House since 2010 to challenge Hall, quite the… CONTINUE


Dilemma for Abbott Supporters

Governor Greg Abbott made headlines recently with his endorsement of Susanna Dokupil, the Houston-area businesswoman challenging incumbent State Representative Sarah Davis. While Abbott has gotten involved in primary races before, it’s usually to give his stamp of approval to incumbent legislators he believes should return to Austin. Rarely, if ever, does a sitting governor endorse against… CONTINUE


Top Ten Cash on Hand for the 2018 Election Cycle

The amount of power or influence wielded by a particular elected official is not based solely on the office he or she holds. Often the strongest indicator of political staying power is the amount of money a politician has in the bank. Like it or not, money talks, especially in politics. The more money, the… CONTINUE


Top Ten Donors of the 2018 Texas Election Cycle

Throughout the 2018 Election Cycle, Transparency Texas will keep you up-to-date on the top political donors to state politics. As new information and data are available, we’ll update the list, making sure you know who’s funding what in Texas. Take a look at the top ten political donors so far in the 2018 election cycle:… CONTINUE


The 2018 Election Cycle is Here

As hard as it is to believe, the 2018 election cycle has begun. Candidates’ first finance reports were due to the Texas Ethics Commission on June 30. At Transparency Texas, we’ve cleaned up the data, removed duplicates and errors, and provided you with the easiest and most accurate source for understanding the money flowing through political… CONTINUE