Spotlight on Congress

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

Facebook’s PAC has given more money to GOP candidates




May 18, 2016 -- As Facebook defends itself against accusations of anti-conservative bias, a MapLight analysis has found the company's political action committee has given more money to Republicans than Democrats running for federal office.

Obama Foundation Donors Attended Private White House Events With The President


May 17, 2016 -- Altogether, 15 of the 39 named donors to the Obama Foundation have been invited to small meetings with the president at the White House, a MapLight analysis has found.

After Citizens United, a surge in “dark money” groups


May 12, 2016 -- More than half of all politically active social welfare organizations – 60 percent -- have been created since the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, a MapLight analysis found.

For Top Federal Contractors, Investments in Lobbying, PACs Yield Big Returns


April 28, 2016 -- Major U.S. government contractors have received $1,171 in taxpayer money for every $1 invested in lobbying and political action committee contributions during the last decade, according to a MapLight analysis.

NFL’s PAC has donated to House members reviewing concussion research

March 23, 2016 --The National Football League’s political action committee has made campaign contributions to most members of a Congressional panel reviewing concussion research.

A MapLight analysis of campaign finance data has found the NFL’s Gridiron PAC has given money to 41 of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 54 members. Since 2008, 17 percent of the PAC’s campaign contributions -- or $292,000 --  has gone to those lawmakers.