The Campaign Contributions Behind the World's Most Expensive Weapon Commons

July 17, 2014Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet, the most expensive weapons project ever, has received federal appropriations from Congress year after year despite a string of technical problems and repeated failures to deliver functioning planes on time and within budget.

How much money has Lockheed Martin given to Congress since being awarded the contract to build the F-35?

As House Passes NSA Restrictions, Lawmakers Backed by Defense Industry Log Votes Against Reform

June 21, 2014—On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would cut off funding to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for installing surveillance "back doors" into software and physical devices.

How much defense contractor money have the Representatives opposing the amendment received?

MapLight Launches Interactive Maps To Track Campaign Contributions and Votes by Geographical Location

Farm Bill House Vote, January 29, 2014

June 19, 2014—MapLight launches an extensive mapping project examining the geographic origin of contributions to legislators by state; contributions from companies to legislators by state; and roll call votes by state and district on key bills in Congress. For the first time, it will be possible to instantly see and understand the role money from outside sources plays in local races and the geographic alignment of support and opposition to key legislative initiatives.

How did your legislator across the country vote on the House Farm Bill?


Top Contributors to Majority Leader Candidates

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June 12, 2014With Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on his way out of Congress, the race is on to replace him as Majority Leader, the second highest-ranking leadership position in the House of Representatives. House Republicans are planning to meet next week to select the next Majority Leader.

Who's funding Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)?

Senators Voting Against Warren Student Loan Bill Have More Bank Contributions

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June 13, 2014On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Senate voted against proceeding with consideration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D- MA) "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act," a bill that would allow holders of student loans to refinance with the government at lower interest rates. The final vote count was 56-38, with just three Republicans voting with Democrats in support of the measure.

How much money have senators opposing this bill received from banks, lenders and student loan companies?

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Bills in the News

H.R. 3086 (113th) - Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act


The bill was voted on in the House on July 14, 2014

To permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

H.R. 4413 (113th) - Futures Customer Protection Act

Finance and financial sector

The bill was voted on in the House on June 24, 2014

To reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to better protect futures customers, to provide end users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Commission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end users manage risks to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3301 (113th) - North American Energy Infrastructure Act


The bill was voted on in the House on June 24, 2014

To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4679 (113th) - Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014


The bill has been referred to committee.

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.

75% more $

H.R. 3189 (113th) - Water Rights Protection Act

Water resources development

The bill was voted on in the House on March 13, 2014

To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on March 13, 2014 voted YES: 238voted NO: 174
70% more $

H.R. 3826 (113th) - Electricity Security and Affordability Act

Environmental protection

The bill was voted on in the House on March 6, 2014

To provide direction to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the establishment of standards for emissions of any greenhouse gas from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on March 6, 2014 voted YES: 229voted NO: 183
138% more $

H.R. 1493 (113th) - Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2013

Government operations and politics

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

To impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes.

147% more $

H.R. 3964 (113th) - Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

Water resources development

The bill was voted on in the House on February 5, 2014

To address certain water-related concerns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, and for other purposes.

S. 1900 (113th) - Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act

Foreign trade and international finance

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes.

7.9 times as much $