Spotlight on Congress

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

Senate NSA Data Collection Bills -Top Intelligence Contractors Contribute Three Times More to Feinstein Than Leahy


Senator Dianne Feinstein

November 8, 2013Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are in a showdown over legislation related to the National Security Agency's bulk data collection programs.

How do Feinstein and Leahy compare on money from Department of Defense intelligence contractors?

House to Vote on Derivatives Bill That Was Written by Citigroup Lobbyists

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October 29, 2013On October 30, the House of Representatives will be voting on a bipartisan bill to repeal financial bailout protections that Congress passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill would severely limit the reach of Sec. 716 in Dodd-Frank, which requires banks that are eligible for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or Federal Reserve lending discounts to spin off their derivatives activities into separate corporate entities that would not be eligible for federal assistance.

How much money have members of the House received from banks and other supporting interests?

Is Repealing the Medical Device Tax the Silver Bullet to End the Shutdown?

October 3, 2013On Thursday morning a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House announced an agreement on a compromise to end the government shutdown that would link a "clean" government funding bill to a repeal of the surtax on medical devices.

How much money have medical device manufacturers and organizations opposing the medical device tax given to members of Congress?

As Tax Reform Enters the Debt Ceiling Debate, A Look at Top Contributors to Key Lawmakers

Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont.
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September 25, 2013Republican leadership in the House of Representatives have bolstered the prospects of a major tax code overhaul proposal from Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Representative Dave Camp, R-Mich., by suggesting that it be linked to legislation to lift the nation's debt limit. Over the years, the campaigns of Baucus and Camp have received millions of dollars from a wide range of industriesmany of which would have major tax breaks at stake in the overhaul.

Which industries have given the most money to the lawmakers leading the tax code overhaul?

Cory Booker Heads to the Senate With Help from Out-of-State Money

Senator-elect Cory Booker
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October 18, 2013—Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign received contributions from some of the largest and most well known corporations in America, including Facebook, Disney, and Goldman Sachs.

How much has Cory Booker raised from out-of-state?