Spotlight on Congress

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

Gun Interest Profile: NRA Contributions to 113th Congress and Senate Judiciary Committee

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Feb. 20, 2013—Next week federal gun legislation is expected to take center stage in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the Hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 scheduled for February 27.

How much has the NRA contributed to the Senate Judiciary Committee? To members of the 113th Congress?

Ben Nelson to Represent Regulators from His Top-Contributing Industry

Jan. 22, 2013—Just a few weeks after bidding farewell to his seat in the Senate, it appears that Ben Nelson has no intention of ending his political career. Former Sen. Nelson, D-Neb., has been named the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which represents top insurance regulators in the United States.

How much did the insurance industry contribute to Nelson while he was a senator?

Hagel's Road to the White House Paved by Monied Interests

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Jan. 17, 2013—Former Senator Chuck Hagel, recently nominated for secretary of defense by President Barack Obama, represented Nebraska in the United States Senate from 1997 to 2009.

Which companies and interest groups have funded Hagel's election campaigns?

John Kerry's Senate Contribution Profile

Jan. 15, 2012—Senator John Kerry, recently nominated for secretary of state by President Barack Obama, has served in the upper house of Congress since 1985. The senior senator from Massachusetts would enter the State Department with experience as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee for both the 111th and 112th sessions of Congress and as the Democratic nominee for president in 2004. 

Which companies and interest groups have funded Kerry's election campaigns?

As 113th Congress Begins, New Proposals for Gun Control


Jan. 7, 2013—New gun control legislation topped the agenda of the 113th Congress as it took session on Thursday, with the introduction of a new bill in the House that would enact stricter gun laws, and the introduction of similar bills expected in the Senate.

How much have organizations on either side of the gun control debate given in campaign contributions?