Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Jorgensen

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel Chomsky

Third Advisor

Dr. Natasha Altema-McNeely


In this thesis, I argue how money influences election outcomes in the Texas Legislature from 2010 to 2018. I explore the political history of Texas, where scholars have long alluded to the role of wealthy elites in the political process. Using an investment theory approach, where money is considered a powerful determinant in elections over other factors, this thesis will analyze total disbursements and vote totals of Texas senate and house candidates in a linear model. Along with this bivariate correlation, this thesis will conduct a multilevel analysis that includes partisanship and regions in Texas. This thesis found a strong relationship between money and election results in the Texas Legislature, adding to campaign finance scholarship that found similar results in the United States and France. Overall, these findings confirm the strong role of money in politics and how Democrats are showing signs of being competitive in the Lone Star State.


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