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Rep. Villarreal Files Clean Elections Bill

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Austin - Today State Representative Mike Villarreal filed H.B. 391 to prohibit individuals from contributing more than $100,000 per election cycle to state candidates, political action committees (PACs) and officeholders. The limits apply to aggregate individual contributions per two-year election cycle. Rep. Mark Strama joined Rep. Villarreal as a Joint Author of the legislation. 

"I believe our state government would be more responsive to ordinary Texans if we limited contributions from mega-donors," explained Rep. Villarreal. "Reasonable donation limits will create more equal access in our political system."
During the 2006 election cycle, the last for which data is available, 140 donors contributed more than $100,000 to state campaigns.  Those 140 donors contributed a total of $52 million, accounting for 27 percent of all donations during the election cycle.
"All that campaign cash distracts us from an honest debate on the best way to invest in education, protect our air and water, and help hard-working families succeed," noted Rep. Villarreal. "We need to make sure our leaders listen to all Texans on these critical issues."
Texas is one of only seven states that currently have no limits on contributions.