Spotlight on Congress

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

NRA-Backed Measure to Bar Reporting of Sales of High-Powered Firearms Gets Second Chance

July 14, 2011 - Pro-gun interest groups gave on average 42 times as much to House members that voted YES ($5,060) than to House members that voted NO ($120).

Coal-Funded Democrats Vote to Pass Bill Granting States Authority over Clean Water Standards

July 14, 2011 - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 239-184 that would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each state to make determinations relating to its own water quality standards.

Campaign Contributions for the Special Election for California's 36th Congressional District (Updated July 13)

July 13, 2011 - The special election to replace retired Rep. Jane Harman took place on Tuesday, July 12, in which Democrat Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles councilwoman, defeated Republican Craig Huey, a small business owner.

Opponents Pull the Plug on BULB Act

July 13, 2011 - On Tuesday the BULB Act (HR 2417) failed to gain the 2/3 vote threshold needed for passage. Only a handful of Democrats broke from their party and voted to pass the measure, while only 10 Republicans voted against the measure.

Advocates of Corporate Jet Tax Break are Generous Campaign Contributors

June 30, 2011 - Democrats are looking to end a tax break that benefits owners of corporate jets as part of their negotiations concerning the national debt. Two organizations, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the National Business Aviation Association, are in favor of continuing the favorable tax treatment and over the past ten years have been generous in their contributions to current lawmakers in both parties, giving slightly more to Republicans.