On the Records

Maps Visualize Governor's Race Donations

The map represents contributions to the major-party candidates in the Texas' governor's race: incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (red) and former Houston mayor Bill White (blue). The map compares contribution totals from Feb. 21 to June 30 to each candidate with each city's populations. The bubbles grow larger in cities where residents disproportionately donated based on the overall population.
The map represents contributions to the major-party candidates in the Texas' governor's race: incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (red) and former Houston mayor Bill White (blue). The map compares contribution totals from Feb. 21 to June 30 to each candidate with each city's populations. The bubbles grow larger in cities where residents disproportionately donated based on the overall population.

What do per-capita contribution maps tell us about the Texas governor's race?

Search Texas University Salaries

Today we're adding another 17 agencies to our government salaries database, an extra 67,000 workers who collectively earn $2.9 billion in public payroll. The database now has records on more than 550,000 employees working at 62 of the largest state agencies, cities, universities, counties and mass-transit authorities.

Campaign Spending by Texas Congressional

On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission for the first time released detailed records for all congressional candidates' campaign spending. These records tell us who the candidates hire for advertising, consulting, etc., and can often be more interesting to politics junkies than lists of campaign donations. We've made spending by the Texas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives searchable.