Spotlight on Congress

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

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.

Alternative Energy, Corn Growers Able to Salvage Blender Pumps Funding

June 16, 2011 - The Senate voted (41-59) against an amendment (S. Amdt. 411) on Thursday that would prohibit the use of federal funds to construct ethanol blender pumps or ethanol storage facilities. The measure was opposed by Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association.

Cash Grain Influence Shows Through on Ethanol Vote Redo

June 16, 2011 - The Senate voted (73-27) to adopt an amendment (Feinstein Amdt. No. 476) to repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

Koch Industries, Sierra Club Find Themselves on the Same Side of Senate Vote to Repeal Ethanol Tax

June 14, 2011 - The Senate voted down (40-59) consideration on S. Amdt. 436, an amendment introduced by Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that would repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

Unusual Coalition of Interest Groups Combine to End Ethanol Subsidies

June 14, 2011 - On March 9, 2011, a coalition of organizations representing issues traditionally at odds with one another drafted a letter voicing their support for ending ethanol subsidies. Included in the coalition are organizations such as the Sierra Club, Oxfam America, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Restaurant Association, and assorted meat, poultry and dairy producers.