Spotlight on Congress

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

Sen. Jim DeMint to Leave Senate for the Heritage Foundation

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Dec. 6, 2012—Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced on Thursday that he will be resigning his Senate seat to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. The governor of South Carolina will appoint a successor until 2014 when a special election will be held to finish out the final two years of DeMint's term.

How much did the Heritage Foundation spend in the 2012 election?

Pentagon to Open Up Space Launch Vehicle Bidding, Expected Competitors Contribute over $4M

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Dec. 5, 2012—The Pentagon has authorized competitive bidding for the main component of the rockets that send satellites into space. Aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing currently hold a monopoly on the contracts through their joint venture United Launch Alliance. The decision by the Pentagon opens up opportunites for companies such as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corp.

How much have these companies contributed to candidates for federal office?

Court Upholds FCC Rule Requiring Big Carriers to Enter 'Commercially Reasonable' Roaming Agreements With Smaller Carriers


Dec. 4, 2012—On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that requires large carriers such as Verizon and AT&T to enter "roaming" agreements with smaller carriers.

How much have Verizon and AT&T contributed to federal campaigns?

Obama invites CEOs of major corporations to weigh in on economy

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Nov. 29, 2012—President Obama met on Wednesday with the chief executives of several major corporations to discuss the looming fiscal problems faced by the U.S.

How much did companies represented at the meeting contribute to Obama's campaign?

MapLight Launches New U.S. Money and Politics Data Set, Includes All Federal Campaign Contributions

FEC MapLight Money Politics Data Set For Free Public Use

Candidate Summaries

Committee Summaries

Contributions (itemized)

Expenditures (Includes super PAC data for or against a candidate, communication costs for or against a candidate, coordinated expenditures, and electioneering communications made by political action committees, party committees, candidate committees, or other federal committees.)

Includes contributions for the 2012 election cycle, based on the latest available data from the FEC as of Nov. 4, 2012.

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