Politics & Government

Texas group unveils online access to pols' disclosure forms

In the movie All the President's Men, a shadow-cloaked informant famously advises a young reporter to "Follow the money."

In Texas, doing just that has gotten a little bit easier.

A Houston-based public information advocacy group recently posted the financial disclosure forms for every incumbent state lawmaker.

While the database has already attracted statewide interest, the people behind TexasWatchdog.org hope it will have a far greater impact in Austin during next year's legislative session.

If a state representative or senator begins pushing a bill seen as favorable to a certain company or industry, the public will be easily able to see for themselves where that lawmaker’s personal interests lie, said Jennifer Pebbles, a reporter for the site.

"There's a desire for people to look at this kind of information," Peebles said.

Read the full story at star-telegram.com.