Spotlight on Congress

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

Private Equity's Investment in Congress

Jan. 10, 2012 - Mitt Romney's success at the Iowa caucus has carried over to New Hampshire, where he currently enjoys a comfortable lead in the polls over his opponents in that state's presidential primary. Looking to chip away at Romney's lead, his rivals are highlighting the former Massachusetts governor's time at Bain Capital, a private equity and investment firm, where they say Romney enjoyed profits at the expense of others' employment.

Entertainment Media Outspends Internet Companies on the Campaigns of Representatives Marking Up SOPA (Anti-Piracy Bill)

Dec. 20, 2011 - The House Committee on the Judiciary is expected to resume a markup on Wednesday of a controversial Internet piracy bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (HR 3261). SOPA is opposed by a coalition of open Internet advocates and Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay, and Twitter. The measure is supported by entertainment giants such as Disney, Time Warner, Comcast, CBS, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Sponsors of SOPA Act Pulled in 4 Times as Much in Contributions from Hollywood as from Silicon Valley

Dec. 19, 2011 - The House Judiciary Committee on December 15 held a markup of the so-called SOPA Act (HR 3261), a bill that has produced surprising allegiances and adversaries and has pit some of California's most powerful business interests against each other.

Interest Groups Try to Catch Payroll Tax Wave

Dec 14, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a payroll tax bill (HR 3630) that includes a wide variety of policy riders designed to force a showdown with Senate Democrats and President Obama. The goal is to make Democrats choose between the issues they endorse and others the President has previously threatened to veto.

See MapLight's breakdown of the interests supporting and opposing the bill's various provisions.

House Passes Bill Striking Preemptively at EPA's Regulation of Farm Dust

Dec. 8, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill (HR 1633) that would establish a temporary prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter in order to limit federal regulation of "nuisance dust" in areas in which such dust is regulated under state, tribal, or local law.