Spotlight on Congress

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

Steve Israel Chosen to Head Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

New York Congressman Steve Israel has been tapped to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an article in Politico.

Big Energy Recipients Battle for House Energy Committee Chair

An article recently published at Mother Jones online highlights a skirmish within the Republican Party to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. The article, titled "GOP Energy Committee Fight Gets Ugly" explains that Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) is attempting to become chair of the committee even though he is term limited according to Republican Party rules. Amongst all individuals elected to Congress since the 109th Congress, Barton is the fourth highest recipient of contributions from the Energy and Natural Resources interest group dating back to the 2001 election cycle.

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