Spotlight on Congress

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

Why Congress Won't Take Action on Climate Change

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June 25, 2013Today, with Congress inactive on climate change legislation, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to address climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and bolstering production of renewable energy, among other methods.

How much money have carbon-emitting interests given to Congress?

Conservatives and Democrats Team Up in the House to Kill the Farm Bill

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June 21, 2013By a vote of 195-234, the House of Representatives voted to reject the 2012 farm bill. The bill would have reauthorized federal agricultural and nutrition programs for five years while cutting more than $20 billion from the food stamps program.

How much money have members of the House received from interest groups in  support of or oppostion to the bill?

National Security-Industrial Complex: Companies Profiting from 'Top-Secret Work' Give Generously to Congress

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June 19, 2013As the federal  government's collection of data has expanded in the past decade under the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs, one set of companies has seen a big financial benefit -- the private contractors that work with the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency to analyze the data.

How much money have these companies given to members of Congress since 2007?

Representatives Backed by Big Banks Vote to Deregulate Overseas Swaps

June 14, 2013—On Wednesday, by a vote of 301-124, the House of Representatives passed the "Swaps Jurisdiction Certainty Act," a bill that would create new requirements for the the Dodd-Frank rule-making process and limit regulation of U.S. banks on derivatives transactions known as swaps.

How much money have house members voting in favor of the bill received from supporting interests?

Senators Voting on Farm Bill Receive More Than Twice as Much Money From Supporting Interests

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June 11, 2013By a vote of 66-27 the Senate today passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, which would reauthorize many of the nation's food and agricultural programs while reducing funding for food stamps, farm subsidies, and environmental programs.

How did contributions from industries with an interest in the bill correlate with how Senators voted?