Campaign Finance in Texas is most hampered by the very people who wanted to promote it. Our rules in Texas are weaker than Federal Rules, leaving us with even more money in large, unregulated war chests. The laws that govern our Texas Ethics Commission are useless penalties and with no means of enforcement. The city and county laws have more bite and have been used more often to find where the money goes.
Most of the solutions are unfortunately in the federal realm. Reclassifying Super PACs [501(c)(4) organizations] as “for profit” organizations is a start to give the political power back to the people. True non-profits do not need to be in politics beyond advocating for issues – not endorsing or supporting candidates. We need to have full disclosure of who pays a politician and who they fund. We need to stop politicians from working with these committees. I will continue to push back on “Citizens United” and other organizations of this type. Additionally, we need to keep churches separate from politics. As Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote: "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state."
I feel that transparency is the best way the voter can better understand where their politician stands and who is influencing them. Any politician who is afraid to do this is hiding something. That is not the kind of government Texans or Americans deserve.