Spotlight on Congress

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

Oil Money Flows to Lawmakers Voting Against Oil Tax Bill, While Yes Voters Clean Up On Environmental Dollars

May 17, 2011 - The Senate on Tuesday failed to meet the 60 vote threshold needed to move to consideration of S. 940 - Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act. The measure fell by a 52-48 margin.

Nursing Home Lobbying Group Seeking Exemption from Health Care Law Due to High Costs Contributed $4.5 Million in Last Decade

May 16, 2011 - Nursing homes are seeking exemptions from the new health care law, claiming an inability to fund new insurance coverage mandates, according to the New York Times.

Ron Paul's Appeal Spans the Country

May 13, 2011 -- US Representative Ron Paul announced his candidacy for president today, a sequel to his unsuccessful bid for the White House in the 2008 election. Below is a map of Rep. Paul's contributions from January 2005 to December 2007 illustrating his broad appeal; during this time period he received campaign contributions from every state in the union.


Contributions Connected to the Five Oil Companies Testifying Before the Senate Finance Committee Skew Towards Republicans

May 12, 2011 - The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Thursday titled "Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices." The Democratic-controlled Senate invited executives from BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and Shell to testify on the rise in gas prices. Combined, the five companies and their employees have contributed $6.3 million to current lawmakers since 2001.

Over Two Dozen Democrats Joined House Republicans in Passing Bill to Restore Offshore Drilling

May 12, 2011 - The House of Representatives passed HR 1229 - Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act on Wednesday by an overwhelming margin of 263 - 163, including more than two dozen Democrats who voted to support the measure, while not a single Republican voted against it. The bill is part of the House Republicans' American Energy Initiative, a group of three bills aimed at ending the Obama administration's moratorium on domestic offshore drilling.