Spotlight on Congress

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

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.

Health Care Repeal: Senators Voted in Alignment With Their Contributions

Feb. 2, 2011 - When the Senate on Wednesday failed to adopt an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill (S 223) that would have repealed health care overhaul legislation passed in the 111th Congress, the chamber collectively voted in alignment with their monied interests as much as along party lines. The amendment failed by a vote of (47-51), well short of the 60 votes needed for adoption.

Budget Proposals Follow Energy Influence: Obama Goes After Producers, Sen. Paul Goes After Regulators

Jan. 31, 2011 - In the 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed eliminating roughly $4 billion annually in tax deductions to oil companies.

Obama Picks Jeffrey Immelt to Head the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Jan. 21, 2011 - President Barack Obama has selected General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to head the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, according to The Washington Post.

New GOP Budget Proposal Targets Federal Employee Unions, a Strong Source of Funding for Democrats

Jan. 21, 2011 - According to the Washington Post, "a series of measures proposed Thursday by House conservatives to shrink the federal deficit included several that would fall heavily on the federal workforce." The proposal fulfills a campaign promise to cut non-defense spending, an industry that is more favorable to Republican lawmakers.