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Legislature Passes Strict Political Nonprofit Contribution Transparency Bill

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio
TPR News

From now on political nonprofit groups will have to post any contributions being received from lawmakers or money going towards political campaigns thanks to a bill passed in the Texas Senate and now House.

The bill, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and carried in the House by Rep. Charlie Geren, R-River Oaks, would require all political groups or 501.C4 organizations disclose who is bringing the money in and where it is going.

"Senate Bill 346 clarifies campaign disclosure law to ensure that these organizations disclose their contributors if they engage in campaign activities. Members, today, and I don’t usually call anyone out, but Michael Quinn Sullivan has been bombarding the social media world saying this is like Obama and the IRS. We are not trying to shut anybody down we are just trying to get them to disclose who their donors are," Geren said Monday.

Quinn Sullivan is the president of the Political Action Committee Empower Texans.

Geren said the bill mirrors campaign finance laws already in place for corporations and other entities.

"I think the members of the House truly want ethics reform and transparency in all of the reporting, whether it’s their own or these 501.C4s," Geren said.

Because all of the amendments proposed for the bill failed, it will go straight to Gov. Perry’s desk to be signed into law.

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.