Spotlight on Congress

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

Senators Voting for 'Doc Fix' Bill Receive Twice as Much Money from Supporting Groups




April 16, 2015 -- On Tuesday, the Senate voted 92-8 to approve H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bill that permanently eliminates the automatic formula that reduces Medicare payments to physicians.

How much money did senators and representatives voting to approve H.R. 2 receive from interest groups supporting the measure?

New Top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations is Major Recipient of Pro-Israel Contributions


April 14, 2015 -- Today, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) is scheduled to participate in his first hearing as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On April 1, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the previous ranking member, announced he would temporarily vacate the position, allowing Sen. Cardin to take over as the committee's top Democrat. The committee is scheduled to consider S.615, which would require congressional approval before the Obama Administration would be able to lift some sanctions against Iran.

Who are the top interests and organizations contributing to Sen. Cardin's campaign committee?

Is Money in Politics to Blame for Complicated Tax Returns?


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April 13, 2015 -- For years, Congress has been sitting on a proposal to make it easier for people to file their taxes. A few powerful companies have a large financial stake in ensuring long, complicated tax returns continue to be the norm.  

How much have these tax preparation companies spent on campaign contributions and lobbying the federal government? How much stock do members of Congress own in these companies?

Schumer Tops Durbin in Leadership and Fundraising


April 16, 2015 -- On March 27, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he will retire at the end of his term in January 2017. The impending departure of Sen. Reid immediately set off speculation about who would succeed him. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quickly emerged as the leading candidates.  

How much and from which industries have the two politicians raised their campaign contributions, and how much have they in turn given to fellow Senate Democrats?

You're Invited: MapLight's 10th Anniversary Celebration




Apr. 3, 2015 -- Join us on May 13th for an evening of cocktails and big ideas as we celebrate a decade of MapLight!