Spotlight on Congress

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

Why Obama is Bypassing Congress on Climate

August 27, 2014The Obama administration is sidestepping the legislative branch by updating a previously ratified treaty and using it as a basis for a new international climate change agreement. The U.S. Constitution requires that legally binding international treaties be approved by two-thirds of the Senate, but Republican and some Democratic senators who are well-funded by carbon-polluting interests have repeatedly voted against measures to address climate change.

How much money have Senate Republicans received from carbon-polluting interests?

Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue Police Militarization Program

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August 14, 2014In June, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) that sought to partially defund the 1033 Program, which allows the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under the Department of Defense to transfer military equipment to civilian police. The amendment failed on a bipartisan vote of 62-355.

How much money have the Reps. voting to continue funding the program received from defense interests?

Sponsor of Airline Friendly Bill is the #1 Recipient of Airline Cash

July 30, 2014The House of Representatives on Monday, July 28, 2014, passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, a bill that would reverse a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration ruling and allow airlines to advertise airfares that do not include taxes and fees. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and passed by a voice vote.

How much money has Rep. Shuster received from the airline industry?

The Campaign Contributions Behind the World's Most Expensive Weapon Commons

July 17, 2014Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet, the most expensive weapons project ever, has received federal appropriations from Congress year after year despite a string of technical problems and repeated failures to deliver functioning planes on time and within budget.

How much money has Lockheed Martin given to Congress since being awarded the contract to build the F-35?

As House Passes NSA Restrictions, Lawmakers Backed by Defense Industry Log Votes Against Reform

June 21, 2014—On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would cut off funding to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for installing surveillance "back doors" into software and physical devices.

How much defense contractor money have the Representatives opposing the amendment received?