Spotlight on Congress

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

Oil-Backed Senators Lobby for Keystone XL


February 5, 2014—On Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 2014, a bipartisan group of senators -- five Democrats and five Republicans -- held a press conference to encourage President Obama to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline project.

How much money have these senators taken from interests in the oil and gas industry?

Representatives Voting for Farm Bill Received 2x More Money From Supporting Interests

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Feb. 13, 2014After years of delay and false starts, on January 29, 2014 the House of Representatives voted 251-166 to approve a compromise on the farm bill.

How much money have members of the House received from interests supporting the bill?

Hal Rogers Champions Coal in Omnibus Spending Bill

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Jan. 21, 2014—House Representative Hal Rogers, R-Ky., has attached a rider to the bill to reverse an Obama Administration rule limiting U.S. financing of coal-fired power plants overseas. With domestic coal use waning, exports to coal-fired plants in other countries are seen as the future for American companies in the coal industry, so Rogers' rider is a significant boon for the industry.

How much money has House Representative Rogers received from coal mining interests?

Major Political Donors Have Access to TPP Documents. Everyone Else? Not So Much.

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January 16, 2014Aside from select members of the Administration, the only people with full access to the working documents on the TPP negotiations are the members of the United States Trade Representative's trade advisory system, including representatives from large, politically active corporations like General Electric, AT&T, and Cisco.

How much money have members of the trade advisory board on intellectual property given to Congress?

Intelligence Contractors Give Millions to Lawmakers Overseeing Government Surveillance

December 9, 2013In response to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, the congressional committees in charge of overseeing the government's intelligence operations have come to the defense of the surveillance and data collection programs, and the agencies that administer them.

How much money have members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees received from contractors performing intelligence services work?