Spotlight on Congress

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

Top Contributors to Majority Leader Candidates

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June 12, 2014With Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on his way out of Congress, the race is on to replace him as Majority Leader, the second highest-ranking leadership position in the House of Representatives. House Republicans are planning to meet next week to select the next Majority Leader.

Who's funding Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)?

Easily Search California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Data with MapLight's CA Power Search Tool

June 12, 2014MapLight has launched a power search tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's bulk download data to find campaign contributions to candidate and ballot committees dating back to 2001.

Who's funding your politician's election campaign?

Senators Voting Against Warren Student Loan Bill Have More Bank Contributions

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June 13, 2014On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Senate voted against proceeding with consideration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D- MA) "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act," a bill that would allow holders of student loans to refinance with the government at lower interest rates. The final vote count was 56-38, with just three Republicans voting with Democrats in support of the measure.

How much money have senators opposing this bill received from banks, lenders and student loan companies?

Senate Passes Bill to Weaken Dodd-Frank Rules for Insurance Companies

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June 4, 2014On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent to amend the Dodd-Frank Act and allow the Federal Reserve to issue softer regulations on insurance companies and other non-banks that are considered systemically important financial institutions.

How much money have insurance companies and other interests supporting this bill given to senators?

Contributions to House Members Lobbying against Net Neutrality from Cable Interests

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May 16, 2014—Twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives have sent  letters to Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to express concerns over a proposal to reclassify the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. The proposal is opposed by the cable industry, but supported by net neutrality advocates.

How much money have the Representatives signing the letters received from cable interests?