Spotlight on Congress

MapLight research on the influence of money and politics in U.S. Congress.

Even With History of Food Safety Disasters, Emails Show Perdue Fretted About Regulation


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March 22, 2017 -- An exclusive MapLight review of Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue’s emails raise questions as he heads into a confirmation hearing.

Trump’s Ag Nominee Has Taken Almost $1 Million From Industry During Political Career

March 21, 2017 -- President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue III, has received almost $1 million over the last two decades from the industry that he’ll be required to regulate.

Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation


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March 16, 2017 - The Federal Election Commission’s reputation as the “Failure to Enforce Commission” took another hit last month when Commissioner Ann Ravel resigned, blasting the panel in a scathing, 25-page report. 

Congress Budgets $8.2 Billion This Year for World’s Priciest Weapons System


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March 10, 2017 - Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, has given over $12 million to members of Congress from January 1, 2007 to the present.

New Energy Secretary Received Nearly $12 Million from Oil and Gas Industry

March 3, 2017 -- Rick Perry, who was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as head of the Department of Energy, has received more than $15 million in contributions from the energy and natural resources sector during the course of six campaigns.