Spotlight on Congress

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

Senators Voting Against Warren Student Loan Bill Have More Bank Contributions

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June 13, 2014On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Senate voted against proceeding with consideration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D- MA) "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act," a bill that would allow holders of student loans to refinance with the government at lower interest rates. The final vote count was 56-38, with just three Republicans voting with Democrats in support of the measure.

How much money have senators opposing this bill received from banks, lenders and student loan companies?

Senate Passes Bill to Weaken Dodd-Frank Rules for Insurance Companies

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June 4, 2014On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent to amend the Dodd-Frank Act and allow the Federal Reserve to issue softer regulations on insurance companies and other non-banks that are considered systemically important financial institutions.

How much money have insurance companies and other interests supporting this bill given to senators?

Contributions to House Members Lobbying against Net Neutrality from Cable Interests

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May 16, 2014—Twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives have sent  letters to Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to express concerns over a proposal to reclassify the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. The proposal is opposed by the cable industry, but supported by net neutrality advocates.

How much money have the Representatives signing the letters received from cable interests?

Intel Contractor Contributions to Rogers and Ruppersberger, Reps Who Introduced Bill to Lower Data Collection Standards

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March 25, 2014On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, one day after President Obama's support for ending bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency was reported by the New York Times, House Represenatives Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced a bill that would lower the standards for the government to collect data on individuals.

How much money have Ruppersberger and Rogers received from top Intelligence Services Defense contractors?

Senators Criticizing Conflict of Interest Disclosure Surrounding OSHA Ruling Receive Timely Contributions from Rule's Opponents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently in the midst of hearing testimony on a proposed rule that would reduce the level of crystalline silica, a known carcinogen, considered to be permissible in the workplace. 16 senators wrote a letter to OSHA asking the agency to extend the period during which stakeholders can comment on the rule and criticizing its request that those commenting on the ruling disclose their financial backers.

How much have these senators received from relevant interests?