Tribpedia: Campaign Finance

The term "campaign finance" refers generally to the donations and expenditures political candidates and political committees use to fund elections and issue advocacy. Campaign fundraising and spending rules are separately enforced by local, state and federal governmental agencies, depending on the nature of the election.

Federal Election Commission

The commission, created by Congress in 1975, administers and enforces the Federal ...

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

Ted Cruz has $4.2 million for 2018 re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has $4.2 million cash on hand as he prepares for a potentially competitive re-election race in 2018. 

 

The Texas Ethics Commission is considering rules that would require political consultants to report their spending in the same way that candidates are required to do.
The Texas Ethics Commission is considering rules that would require political consultants to report their spending in the same way that candidates are required to do.

Analysis: Hiding Texas Campaign Spending Details, Legally

The state is trying to regulate what some have called the “campaign in a box,” when a candidate reports writing one big check to a consultant, who then handles all of the campaign spending off the books.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

It’s possible to imagine a way for the attorney general to raise money for a legal defense fund, but it’s perilous without a favorable advisory opinion from ethics regulators. And they decided this week not to approve such an opinion.

Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.
Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.

Analysis: Should We Take Judges Out of the Fundraising Business?

The U.S. Supreme Court says it's okay for states to bar judges from raising their own campaign cash. A lot of judges (and lawyers, too) think that's a pretty good idea that Texas might want to consider.

Former David Dewhurst consultant Buddy Barfield walks to Austin federal court in October, 2014, to plead guilty to embezzling almost $2 million in campaign funds.
Former David Dewhurst consultant Buddy Barfield walks to Austin federal court in October, 2014, to plead guilty to embezzling almost $2 million in campaign funds.

Dewhurst Adviser Gets 7 Years for Embezzling Millions

Buddy Barfield, once an adviser to former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, was sentenced Friday to 87 months in prison for embezzling millions of dollars from Dewhurst’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. 

Gov. Rick Perry delivers a farewell speech to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate on Jan. 15, 2015.
Gov. Rick Perry delivers a farewell speech to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate on Jan. 15, 2015.

Analysis: Raising Political Money the Indirect Way

State officeholders cannot raise money for their own campaigns during legislative sessions, but they can ask supporters to back their favorite charities, or even the political parties that support them during election season. 

Greg Abbott, then a candidate for governor and now the governor-elect, spoke at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12, 2013. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was also running for governor, spoke to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Greg Abbott, then a candidate for governor and now the governor-elect, spoke at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12, 2013. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was also running for governor, spoke to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

Abbott Has $35.6 Million War Chest; Davis Reports $13.1 Million Total

Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in the race for Texas governor. His Democratic opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, says she has $13.1 million for the effort. 

Tim Dunn, CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC, speaks at the 2011 Executive Oil Conference.
Tim Dunn, CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC, speaks at the 2011 Executive Oil Conference.

In Dunn, Far Right Has Spender Who Gets Results

A Midland oilman has spent millions over the last decade financing groups focused on moving the Texas Legislature in a more conservative direction. While critics have decried his hardball tactics, Tim Dunn isn't backing down.