Senators Voting to Block EPA Rules Received 17 Times as Much Money from the Coal Mining Industry

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November 19, 2015 -- Ahead of a climate summit in Paris, the Senate passed joint resolutions on November 17, 2015 to block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules designed to address climate change.

Which 13 senators received more than $100,000 from the coal mining industry and voted to block EPA regulations?

Senators Voting for CISA Receive More Defense Industry Money

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November 4, 2015 -- On October 27, 2015, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill that would require several federal agencies to develop procedures that promote timely sharing of data deemed valuable in thwarting cyber threats.

On average, how much money did the defense industry give to senators who voted for and against the bill?

Huge Lobbying Increases by Insurance, Oil, and Pharmaceutical Companies in Q3, 2015

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October 22, 2015 --On October 20th, filings on federal lobbying expenditures made between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015 were due to the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. MapLight examined filings by companies that saw the largest increases in spending on lobbying from Q2 to Q3.

Which 10 organizations spent most on lobbying during the third quarter of 2015?

Senators Who Voted Against Background Checks Received More Pro-Gun Contributions

October 8, 2015 -- This week, Senate Democrats will reportedly unveil new legislation that would block guns from being sold without background checks. 

How much money have senators who voted against previous gun control legislation received from pro-gun interests?

MapLight and Secretary of State Alex Padilla Partner to Bring Political Transparency to Citizens of California

Secretary of State Alex Padilla, MapLight President and Co-Founder Daniel G. Newman and MapLight Data Director Miriam Marks demonstrate the state's new Power Search tool for searching political campaign contributions.


September 3, 2015 -- MapLight, in partnership with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, announced today the launch of a new open source campaign finance search tool that will greatly increase political transparency in the state.

"With the influence of campaign money far too pervasive in our government, we commend Secretary Padilla for his visionary approach to increasing political transparency in California," said Daniel G. Newman, President and Co-Founder of MapLight. "It's now easier than ever for the public to get a clear picture of the money behind California elections."

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Bills in the News

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

Armed forces and national security

The bill has become law.

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
22% 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
8.4 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.

185% 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.

61 times as much $

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


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

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.

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

Government operations and politics

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 was voted on in the House on July 23, 2015

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.

3.6 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
4.0 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
3% more $

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


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

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

71% more $