Spotlight on Congress

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

What WikiLeaks Emails Reveal About The DNC, The White House And Lobbyists


President Obama with White House Political Advisor David Simas / Getty Images 


July 26, 2016 - Under the Democratic party’s new fundraising policy, detailed by the Washington Post in February, lobbyists cannot participate in DNC events with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden or their wives. But lobbyists can attend party events with White House staffers, according to a MapLight review of DNC emails. The messages were part of the nearly 20,000 emails from hacked DNC accounts that were released by WikiLeaks on Friday

Want To Binge-Watch Anti-Trump Ads? You’ll Need Three Full Days And Nights


Screenshot of Our Principles PAC advertisement from the Political Ad Archive


July 25, 2016 - A MapLight analysis of Political TV Ad Archive data from 23 selected markets has found that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was the subject of at least 4,963 minutes of negative advertisements between Nov. 20 and July 14. Cumulatively, the ads attacking Trump amounted to about 83 hours of air time. 

Hillary Clinton’s Statements On GMOs Have Varied By Audience



July 14, 2016 -- A MapLight review of documents and financial disclosures found that Clinton has expressed very different views on genetically modified (GMO) foods to voters than to diplomats and major players in the industry who lobbied the State Department, paid her family speaking fees and contributed to the Clinton Foundation.

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.