Spotlight on Congress

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

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

Senator-elect Cory Booker

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?

Big Ag Interests Flood Washington GMO Initiative With Opposition Money — Echoes California Prop. 37

October 17, 2013Opposition contributions to a Washington State ballot initiative to require labels on products containing genetically modified organisms have grown exponentially over the past couple of months, in a pattern reminiscent of the spending on California's Prop. 37.

How do contributions for and against Washington's I-522 echo the money race for California's Prop. 37?

Senators Voting Yes on Syria Resolution Received 83% More Money From Defense Industry


September 5, 2013The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 yesterday to approve a resolution authorizing the President to use military force in Syria. The resolution would allow the President to use the Armed Forces of the United States in Syria "as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in a limited and specified manner."

How much money have members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee received from defense contractors and other defense interests?

MapLight Launches Tool to Easily Search California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Data

August 28, 2013—MapLight announces the launch of a web tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's newly released bulk data to find campaign contributions to candidates and ballot committees.

Click here to try it!

House Members Voting to Continue NSA's Dragnet Surveillance Received Twice as Much From Defense Contractors

Representative Justin Amash, R-Mich.
Gage Skidmore/Flickr

July 27, 2013As much as 70 percent of the money appropriated to the NSA by Congress is used to pay private defense companies to conduct intelligence operations, though the details of the NSA's budget and contracts with private companies are classified. Federal budget experts estimate the NSA's budget to be somewhere between $10 billion to $20 billion per year.

How much money have House members voting to continue NSA surveillance received from defense contractors?