Spotlight on Congress

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

House Ethics Panel Finds Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) Guilty of Violating Rules


Shale Gas Contributions Favor Lawmakers Voting to Exempt Extracting Process From the Safe Water Drinking Act

The final passage votes on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was 85-12 in the Senate (June 28, 2005) and 249-183 in the House (April 21, 2005). In both votes, there was a strong correlation to money from independent oil and gas producers. House members voting "yes" received $3,865 on average compared to $331 per member who voted "no" over the 2006 election cycle (01/01/2005-12/31/2006). The 85 senators who voted "yes" received an average of $22,366 over the previous three election cycles (01/01/2001-12/31/2006) compared to $8,329 on average to the 12 who voted "no."

Regardless of Party, Big Fundraisers are Big Winners in Senate Races


FDA Plays Hackensack With Knee Implants

Oct. 15, 2010 - According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the FDA is admitting to making an error in approving a surgical knee implant called the Menaflex Collagen Scaffold. made by Hackensack, N.J.-based ReGen Biologics Inc. A contributions search at MAPLight.org reveals that employees of the company have donated $49,950 to the campaign committees of multiple members of Congress since the 2002 election cycle.

Not All Democrats Bothered by Chamber of Commerce Funding

Oct. 7, 2010 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given more than $227,000 to the campaign committees of Democrats elected to Congress since the beginning of the 2002 election cycle, their Republican counterparts have received more than $580,000 during the same period.