Spotlight on Congress

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

GMO Labeling Amendment Rejected Overwhelmingly in the Senate

May 24, 2013Yesterday, by a vote of 27-71, the Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill from Senator Bernie Sanders that sought to ensure that states can enforce their own laws requiring genetically modified foods to have special labels. 

How much money have members of the Senate received from companies that support the use of genetically engineered foods?

Extension of Sugar Program Remains in Farm Bill: Sugar Amendment Rejected

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May 22, 2013In an attempt to cut costs and limit waste, the farm bills advancing in the Senate and the House include many reforms to long-standing agricultural programs.

But so far the Sugar Program, criticized for boosting the price of American sugar by providing nonrecourse loans to growers and processors of sugarcane and sugar beets, has been left untouched.

How much money has the sugar cane and sugar beets industry given to members of Congress?

House Passes Bill to Revise Time Off Rules for Non-Union Employees

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May 9, 2013By a vote of 223-204, The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 1406, a bill that would allow private-sector workers to trade in overtime hours for requests for unpaid time off.

Under the bill, employers would have flexibility to decide whether to allow nonunion employees to trade overtime hours for time off, and they would have final say in providing time off to workers who have echewed their overtime hours. 

How much money have members of the House received from interest groups that support the bill?

Internet Sales Tax Bill Passes Senate - Contributions from Key Stakeholders

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May 8, 2013By a vote of 69-27, the Senate yesterday passed a bill that would require online retailers to collect and distribute sales taxes according to the tax laws of the fifty states. The bill is supported by national brick-and-mortar chains and the large online retailer Amazon.

How much money did senators voting in favor of the bill receive from interest groups in support of the bill?

Obama's Pick to Oversee Fannie and Freddie Has Deep Ties to Banks

May 3, 2013Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., has been nominated by President Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the quasi-governmental mortage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One key question facing the FHFA right now is whether to allow struggling mortgage borrowers in the private market to refinance with a reduced principal through Fannie and Freddie.

How much campaign money has Rep. Watt received from companies with an interest in the mortgage market?