Spotlight on Congress

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

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.

Opponents of Proposed Executive Order to Expose Government Contractors' Donations Favor Republicans

May 10, 2011 - President Obama has circulated a draft of an executive order to require all organizations that receive government contracts to reveal donations to political candidates, candidate committees, and third-party donors, such as the Chamber of Commerce, according to the Atlantic.

House Passes Bill to Resume Gulf Coast Drilling

May 6, 2011 -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass HR 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, by a margin of 266-149. The bill is part of a suite of three bills called the American Energy Initiative that were introduced by House Republicans and are aimed at reversing the Obama administration's decision to impose a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

Ideological Divide on Net Neutrality Ruling

April 11, 2011 - House Republicans and Democrats split along usual partisan lines in voting to pass HJ Res 37 on April 8, 2011, a measure that disapproves a recent FCC ruling on net neutrality.