Spotlight on Congress

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

Rep. Jim Himes Thrives in "Disgusting" Fundraising System, Co-Introduced Amendment to Weaken Dodd-Frank

June 6, 2013House Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) recently spoke with the New York Times about the fundraising system in Congress. “It’s appalling, it’s disgusting, it’s wasteful, and it opens the possibility of conflicts of interest and corruption," he said. "It’s unfortunately the world we live in.”

How much money in campaign contributions has Himes received from Citibank and his former employer Goldman Sachs?

Legislators Voting YES on Derivatives Deregulation Bill Receive 2.6 Times More Money From Top Banks

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May 24, 2013The House Financial Services Committee approved six bills that would roll back pieces of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to improve regulation of the derivatives market. 

How much money have members of the House Financial Services Committee received from top banks and the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) sector?

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?