Spotlight on Congress

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

Industries Supporting Trade Bill Give Nine Times More Money to Senators Than Opponents

 


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June 24, 2015 -- Later today, the Senate is expected to pass H.R. 2146, which would grant President Obama broad authority to negotiate and finalize trade agreements.

How much did industries supporting and opposing the trade bill contribute to current members of the Senate?

Supporters of the Medical Device Tax Repeal Contributed 21 Times More Money Than Opponents

 


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June 17, 2015 -- Later this week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Protect Medical Innovation Act, which would repeal a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices.

How much more money did medical device manufacturers and their allies contribute to members of the House of Representatives compared to opponents of the Protect Medical Innovation Act?

Industries Supporting Trade Bill Contribute Nearly Nine Times More Than Opposing Industries

 


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June 13, 2015 -- Friday, June 12, the House of Representatives voted down a trade-related provision effectively halting a major trade package, the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), that would grant President Obama broad authority to negotiate and finalize trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries and the European Union. The House is expected to reconsider the legislation early next week.

How much did industries supporting and opposing the trade bill contribute to current members of the House?

Defense Contractors Dominate List of Top 10 PAC Contributors in 2015

 


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June 11, 2015 -- The Senate is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the annual spending limit for the Department of Defense. Some of the bill's provisions are strongly supported by companies that have contributed heavily to the campaigns of federal candidates.

Which 10 corporate PACS contributed the most money to federal candidates during the first few months of 2015?

Google and Facebook Spend Most on Lobbying Among Tech Firms

 


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June 9, 2015 -- On Tuesday, June 2nd, President Obama signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which requires the NSA to terminate its bulk data collection program. The passage of the bill represented a win for the tech industry.

Which 10 tech companies spent most on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015?