Spotlight on Congress

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

In Illinois, 9 House Candidates Have Raised a Million or More

Adam Kinzinger, R, IL-16 

March 14, 2014—On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, primary voters in Illinois will go to the polls to decide which candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate should be on the 2014 midterm ballot for another term in office. So far nine candidates trying for a total of 18 House seats have raised over $1 million.

Which candidates have raised the most?

Top 10 Donors in Illinois Primary Election

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March 14, 2014—On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Illinois primary voters go to the polls to determine which candidates for the state's 18 seats in the House of Representatives and one open Senate seat will appear on the 2014 midterm ballot. So far, companies, unions and interest groups have contributed $26.3 million to Illinois candidates running this year for a seat in Congress.

What companies and organizations have contributed the most?

Defense Contractors Are Top Contributors to Sen. Durbin's Re-Election Bid

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March 13, 2014—Durbin was named Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense at the beginning of the 113th Congress. A MapLight analysis shows that the nation's top defense contractors are some of the biggest contributors to his re-election bid.

What defense contractors are funding Durbin's re-election campaign?

Dark Money Groups Spent More on Toss-Up House Races in 2012


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March 12, 2014During the 2012 elections for the House of Representatives, "dark money" groups — organizations that spend money on elections but do not have to disclose the sources of their contributions — focused their spending on races that gave them the best opportunity to change the outcome in favor of their preferred candidate.

How much more money did dark money groups spend on "toss-up" House races?

John Cornyn's Top 10 Primary Donors


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March 5, 2014Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, defeated his Republican challengers yesterday in Texas in the first primary election of the 2014 midterm elections. Cornyn has financed his re-election campaign with contributions from some of the largest and highest profile American companies, from a range of industries including energy, finance, and defense.

Who were his top donors?