Spotlight on Congress

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

Financial Disclosures Showcase Kansas Senate Candidates' Investment in Energy Companies

October 29, 2014 -- MapLight's database of members' personal finances demonstrates how the candidates have used their own personal wealth to show support for the oil and gas industry.

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Voters



October 16, 2014 - MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund have teamed up to launch Voter's Edge, a comprehensive nonpartisan online voting guide to the California elections.

A personalized ballot look-up feature allows voters to mark selections and share ballot choices via social media.

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Defense Industry Gave More Cash to Lawmakers Voting to Arm the Syrian Rebels Fighting ISIS

September 18, 2014The House of Representatives on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, approved an amendment from Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize one plank of President Obama's strategy for combating the Islamic State. The amendment would let the Obama administration provide weapons, training, and other forms of assistance to soldiers in Syria who are fighting against militant groups in the region including the Islamic State and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

How much money have the representatives voting for the McKeon amendment received from the defense industry?

MapLight Launches Federal Lobbying Database


September 5, 2014MapLight is pleased to announce the launch of its new federal lobbying database that provides timely information on who is lobbying the federal government, how much they are spending, who they are hiring, what issues they are lobbying on, and more

Why Obama is Bypassing Congress on Climate

August 27, 2014The Obama administration is sidestepping the legislative branch by updating a previously ratified treaty and using it as a basis for a new international climate change agreement. The U.S. Constitution requires that legally binding international treaties be approved by two-thirds of the Senate, but Republican and some Democratic senators who are well-funded by carbon-polluting interests have repeatedly voted against measures to address climate change.

How much money have Senate Republicans received from carbon-polluting interests?