Spotlight on Congress

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

On Average, Lawmakers Voting in Favor of Defunding NPR Received Over $24K From Conservative Leaning Groups

March 17, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop federal funding for National Public Radio. The measure (HR 1076) passed on a (228-192) virtual party line vote, with seven Republicans breaking ranks to vote against passage.

Republicans Voting to Continue Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Do Well With Pro-Choice Groups

March 4, 2011- On Feb. 18, 2011, the House adopted a controversial amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to the Continuing Resolution (HR 1) that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Senate Turns Down Amendment to Deny Collective Bargaining Rights to Airport Screeners

Feb 16, 2011 - On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted down the so-called Wicker amendment to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which would have excluded Transportation Security Administration employees from collective bargaining rights. The measure failed in a straight party line vote (47-51), with Republicans unable to get any Democrats to break ranks and side with them in an attempt to adopt the language. Federal employee unions such as The American Federation of Government Employees and The National Treasury Employees Union were against the measure.

USDA Lifts Restrictions on Planting Syngenta's Genetically Modified Corn Seeds

Feb. 14, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture* (USDA) has given corn growers the green light to plant Swiss-based Syngenta's genetically modified corn seeds (corn amylase Event 3272) for the 2011 spring season.

From the FEC Web Site: 2011-2012 Campaign Cycle Contribution Limits

Feb 3, 2011 - The FEC announced new contribution limits for the 2011-2012 election cycle.



WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission today announced updated contribution limits that have been indexed for inflation and are effective for federal elections in 2011-2012.