Defense Contractors Spend Big to Win Stealth Bomber Contract


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May 14, 2015 -- Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin are all competing to win a contract worth at least $55 billion to develop the Air Force’s next stealth bomber.

How much have these companies spent on lobbying and campaign contributions to influence Congress as the battle for the contract unfolds?

Railroads and Oil Companies Deliver Contributions to Subcommittees Overseeing Crude By Rail Legislation


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May 13, 2015 -- On May 1, the Department of Transportation issued new regulations requiring railroad cars that transport crude oil to meet a new safety standard. The rules will require rail companies to, among other things, stop using the most at risk rail cars by 2018.

How much money have railroad and oil companies given in campaign contributions to congressional subcommittees that regulate the safety of crude oil trains?

Chamber and Google Among Top Lobbying Spenders in First Quarter of 2015


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April 21, 2015 -- Monday, April 20, marked the deadline for companies and organizations to file their federal lobbying disclosure reports for the first quarter of 2015. MapLight compiled a list of the top ten organizations and how much they spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015.

Which companies and organizations spent the most money lobbying Congress and federal agencies during the first quarter of 2015?

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?

Schumer Tops Durbin in Leadership and Fundraising


April 16, 2015 -- On March 27, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he will retire at the end of his term in January 2017. The impending departure of Sen. Reid immediately set off speculation about who would succeed him. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quickly emerged as the leading candidates.  

How much and from which industries have the two politicians raised their campaign contributions, and how much have they in turn given to fellow Senate Democrats?

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Bills in the News

H.R. 2048 (114th) - USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

The bill was voted on in the House on May 13, 2015

To reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on May 13, 2015 voted YES: 338voted NO: 88
8% more $

H.R. 1560 (114th) - Protecting Cyber Networks Act

Armed forces and national security

The bill was voted on in the House on April 22, 2015

To improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance multi-directional sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on April 22, 2015 voted YES: 307voted NO: 116
6.5 times as much $

S. 632 (114th) - STRONG Patents Act of 2015


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 $

S. 698 (114th) - Marketplace Fairness Act


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 $

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.

64 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. 1599 (114th) - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Agriculture and food

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 $

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. 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.

90% more $