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.


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


Race to Raise: Farney vs. Wilson

Arguably the most surprising electoral upset in the Texas Republican Party primary occurred in House District 20 (HD20). This district is comprised of Burnet and Milam counties, along with the northern portion of Williamson County. The race saw two-term incumbent State Representative Marsha Farney face off with, and ultimately lose to, Colonel Terry Wilson, a retired… CONTINUE


Race to Raise: Riddle vs. Swanson

Arguably the most heated Republican primary race in the greater Houston area in 2016 occurred in State House District 150 (HD150). The race featured twelve-year incumbent State Representative Debbie Riddle, along with three challengers, including local grassroots leader Valoree Swanson – the eventual winner. Here’s a quick look at the numbers: Texas House District 150 – By… CONTINUE


Race to Raise: Rinaldi vs. Ratliff

This year’s race for Texas State House District 115 (HD115) was the third battle in a row between State Representative Matt Rinaldi and former State Representative Bennett Ratliff. Since 2012, when businessman Matt Rinaldi challenged sitting State Rep. Bennett Ratliff, it has been game on. State Rep. Ratliff fended off the challenger to hold the… CONTINUE


Race to Raise: Cook vs. McNutt

The race to represent State House District 8 (HD8) was one of the most high-profile and costly of the last election cycle. Longtime State Representative Byron Cook, chairman of the powerful State Affairs Committee, was challenged by young businessman Thomas McNutt. Here’s a quick look at the numbers: Texas House District 8 – By The… CONTINUE