New Top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations is Major Recipient of Pro-Israel Contributions

 

April 14, 2015 -- Today, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) is scheduled to participate in his first hearing as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On April 1, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the previous ranking member, announced he would temporarily vacate the position, allowing Sen. Cardin to take over as the committee's top Democrat. The committee is scheduled to consider S.615, which would require congressional approval before the Obama Administration would be able to lift some sanctions against Iran.

Who are the top interests and organizations contributing to Sen. Cardin's campaign committee?

Is Money in Politics to Blame for Complicated Tax Returns?

 


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April 13, 2015 -- For years, Congress has been sitting on a proposal to make it easier for people to file their taxes. A few powerful companies have a large financial stake in ensuring long, complicated tax returns continue to be the norm.  

How much have these tax preparation companies spent on campaign contributions and lobbying the federal government? How much stock do members of Congress own in these companies?

You're Invited: MapLight's 10th Anniversary Celebration

 


 

 

Apr. 3, 2015 -- Join us on May 13th for an evening of cocktails and big ideas as we celebrate a decade of MapLight!

Industry Wins House Passage of Bill Limiting EPA Advisory Board's Role

 

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March 20, 2015 -- On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1029 by a vote of 236-181. The bill, if it becomes law, would change how the EPA selects experts to serve on its science advisory council. The bill has been criticized by environmental groups for allowing experts with financial conflicts of interest to serve on the board, and is supported by a coalition of industry trade groups.

How much did industry trade groups give to representatives who voted 'YES' on the bill compared to those who voted 'NO, and how much did these groups spend on lobbying Congress and the federal government?

Chemical Industry Increases Contributions and Lobbying as Congress Takes up Chemical Bill

 

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Mar. 18, 2015 -- On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the ‘The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,’ which, if passed, would overhaul how the federal government regulates chemicals.

How much money did the chemical industry spend on campaign contributions and lobbying the federal government?

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H.R. 1599 (114th) - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

The bill has been referred to committee.

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.

4.9 times as much $
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S. 632 (114th) - STRONG Patents Act of 2015

Commerce

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to strengthen the position of the United States as the world's leading innovator by amending title 35, United States Code, to protect the property rights of the inventors that grow the country's economy.

196% more $
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S. 698 (114th) - Marketplace Fairness Act

Taxation

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.

19 times as much $
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H.R. 5 (114th) - Student Success Act

Education

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.

64 times as much $
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H.R. 527 (114th) - Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

Commerce

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

Commerce

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.

123% more $
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H.R. 351 (114th) - LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

Energy

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

Energy

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

Finance and financial sector

The bill has become law.

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

Immigration

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 $
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