Spotlight on Congress

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

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?

House Sides With Ski Resorts and Agribusiness in Private Water Rights Bill

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March 20, 2014On March 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the federal government from retaining water rights as a condition for allowing private interests to use publicly-owned land.

What industries support this, and how much money have they given to members of the House that helped to pass it?

In Illinois, 9 House Candidates Have Raised a Million or More

Adam Kinzinger, R, IL-16 

March 14, 2014—On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, primary voters in Illinois will go to the polls to decide which candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate should be on the 2014 midterm ballot for another term in office. So far nine candidates trying for a total of 18 House seats have raised over $1 million.

Which candidates have raised the most?

Top 10 Donors in Illinois Primary Election

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March 14, 2014—On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Illinois primary voters go to the polls to determine which candidates for the state's 18 seats in the House of Representatives and one open Senate seat will appear on the 2014 midterm ballot. So far, companies, unions and interest groups have contributed $26.3 million to Illinois candidates running this year for a seat in Congress.

What companies and organizations have contributed the most?

Defense Contractors Are Top Contributors to Sen. Durbin's Re-Election Bid

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March 13, 2014—Durbin was named Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense at the beginning of the 113th Congress. A MapLight analysis shows that the nation's top defense contractors are some of the biggest contributors to his re-election bid.

What defense contractors are funding Durbin's re-election campaign?