Spotlight on Congress

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

Agribusiness Contributions to Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees

Nov. 16, 2011 - With the upcoming presidential election accelerating the focus on November 2012, one issue that will most likely be decided before either President Obama takes a second term or one of his Republican challengers takes the oath of office is the latest version of the "Farm Bill." The Farm Bill is a massive spending measure that covers a wide variety of agriculture issues from crop insurance to food stamps and is taken up by Congress every five years.

Senate Blocks Attempt to Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Rule

Nov. 10, 2011 - On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted along party lines (46-52) to block S.J.Res. 6, a joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.

House of Representatives Passes Mining Company Land Swap Bill Favoring Foreign-Based Rio Tinto

Oct. 26, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 1904) that would swap federal land in Arizona with Resolution Copper Mining, a company hoping to gain greater access to its mining claim.

  • Mining and Metal mining & processing interest groups gave on average 5.3 times as much to House members who voted 'YES' ($3,911) as they gave to House members who voted 'NO' ($735).

Forestry, Manufacturing, Petroleum Industries Get House to Pass Bill Delaying Regulations on Boilers

Oct. 14, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2250, which would delay a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency on achievable standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, process heaters, and incinerators.

  • Interest groups supporting this bill gave on average 3.0 times as much to House members who voted 'YES' ($16,709) as they gave to House members who voted 'NO' ($5,480).
  • Interest groups opposing this bill gave on average 4.7 times as much to House members who voted 'NO' ($5,894) as they gave to House members who voted 'YES' ($1,265).

House Puts Social Issues on the Calendar, Passes Bill Banning Federal Funding for Abortion

Oct. 14, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 358) that would block federal funding for abortions as well as grant protections to health care workers who have moral objections to performing certain medical procedures.

  • Abortion policy/Pro-Life interest groups gave on average $1,780 to House members who voted 'YES.' Lawmakers voting against the bill did not receive any contributions connected to Pro-Life interest groups.
  • Abortion policy/Pro-Choice interest groups gave on average 9.7 times as much to House members who voted 'NO' ($2,182) as they gave to House members who voted 'YES' ($225).