Industries Supporting Trade Bill Give Nine Times More Money to Senators Than Opponents

 


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June 24, 2015 -- Later today, the Senate is expected to pass H.R. 2146, which would grant President Obama broad authority to negotiate and finalize trade agreements.

How much did industries supporting and opposing the trade bill contribute to current members of the Senate?

Supporters of the Medical Device Tax Repeal Contributed 21 Times More Money Than Opponents

 


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June 17, 2015 -- Later this week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Protect Medical Innovation Act, which would repeal a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices.

How much more money did medical device manufacturers and their allies contribute to members of the House of Representatives compared to opponents of the Protect Medical Innovation Act?

Defense Contractors Dominate List of Top 10 PAC Contributors in 2015

 


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June 11, 2015 -- The Senate is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the annual spending limit for the Department of Defense. Some of the bill's provisions are strongly supported by companies that have contributed heavily to the campaigns of federal candidates.

Which 10 corporate PACS contributed the most money to federal candidates during the first few months of 2015?

Google and Facebook Spend Most on Lobbying Among Tech Firms

 


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June 9, 2015 -- On Tuesday, June 2nd, President Obama signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which requires the NSA to terminate its bulk data collection program. The passage of the bill represented a win for the tech industry.

Which 10 tech companies spent most on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015?

What's the Cost of a Seat in the California State Legislature?

 

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June 24, 2015 -- It costs a lot of money to win a seat in the California state legislature, but how much exactly? MapLight analyzed the money raised by winners of the 2014 general election in California.

How much money, on average, did current members of the California Legislature have to raise per day to win their seat?

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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
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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

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House Vote: On Passage PASSED on April 22, 2015 voted YES: 307voted NO: 116
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S. 632 (114th) - STRONG Patents Act of 2015

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S. 698 (114th) - Marketplace Fairness Act

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

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

Commerce

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

Agriculture and food

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

Energy

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

Energy

The president has vetoed the bill.

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Finance and financial sector

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

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House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 14, 2015 voted YES: 271voted NO: 154
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H.R. 9 (114th) - The Innovation Act

Commerce

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

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54% more $
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