Top 5 Homeland Security Contractors Spend $107M Lobbying Congress and Federal Agencies, Receive $9B in Contracts

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Feb. 27, 2015 -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill today are considering a spending bill that would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If passage of this bill fails, the DHS is scheduled to partially shut down at midnight on Feb. 28, 2015.

How much have the top five Department of Homeland Security contractors spent on both lobbying and campaign contributions, and how much have they received in federal contracts?

Companies with Stake in Net Neutrality Debate Have Financial Ties to Subcommittee Members Overseeing FCC


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Feb. 25, 2015 -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on a proposed change to net neutrality rules outlined by commission chairman Tom WheelerThe House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC, held a hearing to discuss the regulations on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

How much stock do members of the subcommittee own in companies that have taken a position on the net neutrality proposal, and how much have these companies spent lobbying the federal government?

Subcommittee Challenging FCC on Net Neutrality Receives 3x More in Contributions from Broadband Providers




Feb. 23, 2015 -- On Wednesday, the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing to discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed net neutrality regulations. The panel, which has jurisdiction over the FCC, is expected to hear testimony from several witnesses critical of the agency’s proposed rules.

How much money have broadband internet providers contributed to members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee compared to members of the entire House of Representatives?

Sponsors of Net Neutrality Bill Receive Thousands from Internet Service Providers

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Feb. 17, 2015 -- Late last month, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) held a hearing to discuss congressional action on net neutrality. The representatives, who chair House committees that oversee the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also released an early draft of a bill to regulate the open flow of information on the Internet.

How much money did the four largest internet service providers contribute to the House Chairmen who oversee the Federal Communications Commission?

MapLight Releases Voter’s Edge Assessment to Inform Voter Information Field



Feb. 17, 2015 -- In 2014, more than one million voters visited MapLight’s nonpartisan voting information site Voter’s Edge. This nonpartisan guide to candidates and ballot measures provided voters with campaign finance data, candidate biographies, endorsements and other meaningful information about national and state elections in all 50 states.

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Bills in the News

H.R. 5 (114th) - Student Success Act


The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar.

To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children's schools, and for other purposes.

62 times as much $

H.R. 527 (114th) - Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

The bill was voted on in the House on February 5, 2015

To amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.

H.R. 9 (114th) - The Innovation Act

The bill has been referred to committee.

To amend title 35, United States Code, and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes.

126% more $

H.R. 351 (114th) - LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act


The bill was voted on in the House on January 28, 2015

To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 28, 2015 voted YES: 277voted NO: 133
3.0 times as much $

S. 1 (114th) - Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act


The president has vetoed the bill.

A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

H.R. 37 (114th) - Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act

Finance and financial sector

The bill was voted on in the House on January 14, 2015

To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 14, 2015 voted YES: 271voted NO: 154
18% more $

H.R. 30 (114th) - Save American Workers Act of 2015


The bill was voted on in the House on January 8, 2015

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 8, 2015 voted YES: 252voted NO: 172
7.6 times as much $

H.R. 3 (114th) - Keystone XL Pipeline Act


The bill was voted on in the House on January 9, 2015

To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 9, 2015 voted YES: 266voted NO: 153
32 times as much $

H.R. 26 (114th) - Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015

Finance and financial sector

The president has signed the bill.

To extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, and for other purposes.

Senate Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 8, 2015 voted YES: 93voted NO: 4
>1,000 times as much $

H.R. 191 (114th) - Repeal Executive Amnesty Act of 2015

International affairs

The bill has been referred to committee.

To repeal executive immigration overreach, to clarify that the proper constitutional authority for immigration policy belongs to the legislative branch, and for other purposes.


S. 153 (114th) - Immigration Innovation Act of 2015


The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes.

9.2 times as much $