Spotlight on Congress

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

Wall Street Firms Make Money From Teachers' Pensions — And Fund Charter Schools

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October 26, 2016 - An International Business Times/Maplight investigation has found that executives at 8 financial firms contracted to manage Massachusetts state pension assets have bypassed anti-corruption rules and funneled at least $778,000 to groups backing a ballot measure which would expand the number of charter schools in the state.

Wall Street Firms Managing Pension Money Spend Millions To Support Governors, Despite Pay-To-Play Rule

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October 24, 2016 - Hoping to manage a piece of the $3 trillion state pension fund jackpot, financial firms have found their way around an anti-corruption rule.

Amid Hours of Debate and Insult, Campaign Finance Gets 85 Seconds

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October 19, 2016 - Across three debates spanning four-and-a-half hours, Clinton and Trump have spent a grand total of one minute and 25 seconds on a subject that an overwhelming number of Americans consider to be a major threat to the nation’s democratic traditions.

Hacked Emails Provide Evidence of Coordination Between Clinton Campaign and Super PACs

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October 18, 2016 - The fact that political candidates are closely coordinating with friendly Super PACs – making a mockery of a central tenet of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision – is one of the biggest open secrets in Washington. Newly disclosed hacked campaign documents published by WikiLeaks and a hacker who calls himself Guccifer 2.0 reveal in stark terms how Hillary Clinton’s staffers made Super PACs an integral part of her presidential campaign. 

Campaign Finance Reform Emerges Briefly As Topic In Ugly Trump-Clinton Debate

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October 9, 2016 - Amid a presidential debate that focused as much on personal attacks as substance, the topic of campaign finance reform finally made a brief, if tangential, appearance in the high-stakes public forum.