Spotlight on Congress

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

Watchdog Group Claims Super PAC Paid Trump Campaign Chair’s Salary

December 2, 2016 -- A campaign finance watchdog group sent new evidence to the Federal Election Commission on Friday to support its call for an investigation into whether President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign illegally coordinated with super PACs.

Trump Victory Boosted By Counties With Greatest Income Growth


December 1, 2016 -- Donald Trump won the presidency with support from an overwhelming majority of U.S. counties where median household income has grown most rapidly over the last generation, according to a MapLight analysis of U.S. Census and elections data.


Anti-Clinton Ads Dominated Wisconsin’s Biggest Media Market in Final Week of Election


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November 18, 2016 - Donald Trump and his Republican allies dominated the Wisconsin airwaves in the final week of the 2016 presidential election. Wisconsin is one of four Rust Belt states that Trump flipped en route to a victory that stunned pollsters and political observers.

Focus on political reform shifts to states, cities


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November 10, 2016 - In the wake of stunning election returns, it seems that everything is on the table. Everything, that is, except perhaps campaign finance reform. Treated as an afterthought during a grueling 18-month campaign, the issue of money in politics is likely to gain more traction at the state and local level than in the nation’s capital.

In $50 million battle, soda tax advocates triumph


November 10, 2016 -- Voters in four U.S. cities approved taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages Tuesday, a big defeat for the soft drink industry, which spent about $30 million to defeat the initiatives.