Clean Elections Texas (CETex) was officially founded in September 2009 by a group of concerned and determined citizens who were troubled by the negative influence of money in Texas politics. The members of CETex have witnessed the astonishing degree to which our political system is broken through experiences in business, academia, and politics. CETex members have come together to spread the word about Clean Elections knowing that most Texans are receptive to the idea of public campaign financing once they hear how well it is working in other states. Although CETex became a formal, non-profit organization in 2009, its members have been working to educate people about money in politics and advocate for public funding since 2007. The members of CETex are diverse in background, age, political views, and geographic location. CETex is a statewide organization, headquartered in Dallas, and is governed by a Board of Directors.