Spotlight on Congress

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

Reps Voting to Speed Up Permits for Natural Gas Exports Receive $2.6M from Exporting Companies; $87.4M Spent on Lobbying



Jan. 30, 2015 — On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 351 (277-133).

The bill seeks to speed up the approval process by requiring the Department of Energy to rule on permit applications within 30 days of receiving a completed environmental review. Among the many dozens of companies involved in financing and operating the 27 proposed facilities, nine have political action committees (PAC).

How much money have members of Congress voting 'YES' received from these nine companies? 

Wall Street Banks Contribute More Than Twice as Much to Members Voting Yes on Dodd-Frank Rollback

Dec. 17, 2014 – On December 13th, the Senate passed the 2015 federal budget (H.R. 83) by a vote of 54-40, appropriating more than $1 trillion for federal agencies. The House passed the 1,600 page bill earlier in the week. 

Representatives Voting for Dodd-Frank Rollback Receive Millions from Top Wall Street Banks

Dec. 14, 2014 -- On December 11, the House passed the 2015 federal budget (H.R. 83) by a vote of 219-206, appropriating more than $1 trillion for federal agenciesBuried in the 1,600 pages of the bill’s text are hundreds of controversial provisions, known as “policy riders,” some of which benefit powerful industries.

MapLight Launches Personal Financial Disclosures Database


Novemeber 13, 2014 -- MapLight is pleased to announce the launch of its personal financial disclosure database, a new tool that brings to light the fiscal relationships shared between legislators and private companies.

Net Neutrality: How Did House Reps. Vote on the FCC's 2011 Net Neutrality Rule?

November 10, 2014In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a rule designed to enshrine net neutrality as the law of the land, prohibiting fixed-line internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against traffic to lawful content on the web. In April 2011, the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval against the FCC's net neutrality rule.

How did members of the House of Representatives vote on the 2011 resolution?