Tag Archives: Campaign Finance

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austinites may soon be able to directly support candidates through voucher donations

When it comes to political campaigning, it’s no secret that Austin has funding inequalities. Some fear these funding inequalities have fostered a lack of engagement among voters that has helped lead to the city’s notorious low turnout at the polls.Responding…

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Political action committees quietly file reports

Although much-maligned in certain circles, political action committees help spread the word in local elections for candidates, bonds and other propositions.Among the PACs filing with the Office of the City Clerk this month was the Our City Our Safety Our…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Flannigan races ahead in fundraising

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan has raised more than $9,200 so far this year, according to his campaign finance report, which was filed on Monday. Reports show that Council Member Ellen Troxclair was the only other City Council member to solicit…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Pool proposes campaign finance rule changes

City Council Member Leslie Pool will be bringing forward an amendment to the city’s campaign finance law in June. Pool’s proposal is an attempt to remedy the city’s First Amendment problem with part of the old law, which federal Judge…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Ethics Review Commission weighs campaign finance proposal

Members of the city’s Ethics Review Commission are considering a number of potential changes to Austin’s campaign finance rules in the wake of a federal court ruling that blocked enforcement of certain restrictions on candidate fundraising.In a ruling last year…

Friday, February 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

New campaign finance rules in the works

Two City Council members, Ellen Troxclair and Jimmy Flannigan, are collecting campaign funds in anticipation of re-election campaigns that seem far in the future. Troxclair is likely to run for re-election in November 2018 for her District 8 seat, but…

Friday, November 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman appeals campaign contribution limits

City Council Member Don Zimmerman has asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to strike down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance laws: the $350 limit on contributions made by individuals to Council candidates and the…

Monday, November 14, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics Commission says voters have given Zimmerman a greater sanction than it ever could

Austin’s Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against City Council Member Don Zimmerman on Nov. 9, saying there was no sanction it could give him greater than being voted out of office.Commissioners voted 5-3 in favor of the complainant. But, in…

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Prop 1, District 10, 7 races bring in cash

It’s anybody’s guess whether the city’s $720 million transportation bond proposition, known as Proposition 1, will win voter approval next week, but if it does not, it won’t be because of lack of funding. Move Austin Forward, the political action…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Campaign finance reports show who’s in the money

With only 28 days left until Election Day, Tuesday’s deadline for campaign finance reports arrived with little fanfare. City Council candidates were required to report all money they raised and spent between July 1 and the end of September, and…

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Dark money law keeps PACs busy

Move Austin Forward, the political action committee supporting the city’s $720 million bond proposition on the Nov. 8 ballot, has raised about $680,000, according to Jim Wick, manager of the pro-bond campaign. He said the campaign has spent about half…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

PAC it up, PAC it in: PACs in local elections

To understand political action committees, it’s useful to think of them in terms of families. For example, if a candidate for City Council or mayor were the older sibling, a PAC would be the baby – that is, it would…

Friday, July 29, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

How the city (used to) restrict candidates’ fundraising time

With three months to go before Election Day in November, campaign signs for local, state and presidential candidates have bloomed – despite the incessant heat and current watering restrictions – on Austin lawns.Whether or not you’ve been fixated by the…

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Judge strikes down two Austin campaign finance rules

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that two rules governing how candidates for Austin office handle campaign funds violate the First Amendment. The ruling came after Council member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s campaign finance rules…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

To the limit: how Austin caps campaign finance

Candidates for the five City Council districts scouting for new or incumbent leadership filed their first campaign finance reports Friday. And while we’re still in the very initial months of fundraising, some races have begun to resemble the tale of…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Why a little line on campaign websites might make a candidate look like a cheater

Natalie Gauldin’s backyard plays by its own rules. The grass tickles our calves and her almost 3-year-old daughter has left some toys scattered around. Dogs bark at us from inside her house in Austin’s District 7. But all these distractions,…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council to consider dark money ordinance

Independent political groups that spend money to influence elections will be required to disclose much more about themselves and their donors if City Council approves a proposed ordinance.At a Council work session on Tuesday, Assistant City Attorney Cynthia Tom told…

Friday, April 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Uber, Lyft reveal how deep their pockets go

Uber and Lyft have disrupted all previously held notions of what is normal for campaign finance in Austin after making jaw-dropping contributions to a political action committee fighting for friendlier regulations of the corporations’ ride-hailing services.Thirty days ahead of the…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council mulls changes to campaign finance rules

Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall has come up with a list of proposed changes to the city’s rules governing campaign finance reports. She says the changes will make electronic filing “easier and more transparent.”Goodall and Bob Guz, who heads an effort…

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Both sides satisfied as campaign finance trial ends

Federal Judge Lee Yeakel gave no indication of how he might rule at the end of the trial on Tuesday. But he told the lawyers involved in City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s lawsuit against the city of Austin over its…

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