Spotlight on Congress

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

FEC Member Quits, Citing “Free Pass” for Campaign Finance Violators in Scathing Report


FEC Commissioners Ann Ravel, Ellen Wentraub and Lee Goodman.  Photo Credit: Tom Williams / Getty Images 

February 20, 2017 - Major campaign finance violations “are swept under the rug and the resulting dark money has left Americans uninformed about the sources of campaign spending,” a Federal Election Commission member wrote in a scathing report released with her resignation letter.

Trump’s Florida Lobbyist Opens Washington Office, Bringing Big-Name Clients With Him

February 17, 2017 -- A prominent Tallahassee lobbyist who represented the Trump Organization for the last four years is opening a new office to exploit his relationship with the president, who vowed during his campaign to “drain the swamp” by curbing the influence of lobbyists.

EPA Nominee Pruitt Received More Than $350,000 from Energy Sources in Oklahoma Races


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February 16, 2017
 - President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency has received $352,946 in contributions from members of the energy and natural resources sector since 2001, according to a MapLight analysis of data from the National Institute of Money in State Politics.

Trump’s Pick for Labor Secretary a Major Political Donor, Finds Support in Restaurant Industry

February 9, 2017 -- Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, has been a prolific donor to political candidates and causes.

House Panel Votes to Scrap Public Funding of Presidential Campaigns, Election Oversight Commission


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February 7, 2017 - House Republicans took their first steps towards dismantling two generations of campaign finance reform measures, pushing one committee vote through today to eliminate the federal commission that ensures the integrity of U.S. elections and another to end public financing of presidential campaigns.