Spotlight on Congress

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

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?

House Passes Bill to Loosen Private Equity Regulations

Speaker of the House John Boehner
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December 6, 2013—On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the House of Representatives passed a bill to weaken another section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, titled the "Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act," would exempt most private equity firms from a requirement in Dodd-Frank that fund managers register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and disclose information that would help the government monitor systemic risk.

How much money have private equity firms and other supporting interests given to members of the House?

Democrats Voting for Derivatives Bill Receive More Money From Citigroup and Other Financial Institutions

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November 22, 2013—Democratic representatives were split when the House of Representatives voted on October 30, 2013 to pass H.R. 992, a bill seeking to reverse new financial derivatives regulations that were approved by Congress in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the New York Times, lobbyists from Citigroup played a major role in drafting the bill.

How did money from Citigroup and other interests correlate with how House Democrats voted?

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?