Spotlight on Congress

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

Gun rights groups gave thousands to Republicans who supported Collins’ amendment



June 24, 2016 - Gun rights groups have made campaign contributions to seven of the eight Republican Senators who voted Thursday to support a measure that would block firearm sales to terror suspects, a MapLight analysis has found.

Gun groups provided limited support to Senators crossing party lines on Monday’s votes

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire / Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

June 21, 2016 - Nine U.S. Senators crossed party lines during Monday’s votes on measures aimed at restricting access to firearms. Together, these Senators have received less than $40,000 from gun rights groups in this election cycle, a MapLight analysis has found.  Most of that money has gone to one Republican Senator, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who is facing a tough reelection fight. Gun rights groups have contributed $29,295 to Ayotte’s campaign, according to the analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Five facts about money, guns, and the current Congress

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une 15, 2016 - Learn five interesting facts about money spent to influence the current Congress on bills to prevent terror suspects from purchasing guns and expand background checks for gun buyers. 

Top Washington Lobbyist Slow To Disclose Relationship With Saudi Arabia


Screenshot from CNBC from May 5, 2016


June 6, 2016 - A top Washington lobbyist appears to have disclosed his firm’s contract with Saudi Arabia six months after signing the deal. The delay in registration raises questions about the U.S. government’s oversight of foreign lobbyists, ethics experts say.

Introducing Dark Money Watch, a Project of MapLight


MapLight is combining the top online resources on secret political spending with our own reporting to provide a hub for information about "dark money," a growing force in our democracy. Dark Money Watch, features profiles of dark money groups, the latest news coverage related to dark money and a searchable database of research and tools for users to easily explore the sources and targets of dark money spending. We invite you to learn more by exploring the website and following Dark Money Watch on Facebook and Twitter.