Spotlight on Congress

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

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 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.

US Justice Department Sues the Credit Card Companies

Oct. 4, 2010 - Visa gave contributions totaling more than $400,000. Mastercard made contributions nearing $600,000. American Express was by far the most generous, making contributions that amount to more than $2,000,000.

Dissenters on 'Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act' Follow the Money


Sep. 30, 2010 - Republicans who voted 'no' received an average of $33,456 from interest groups opposed to the bill, much more than the average of $1,864 received from the bill's supporters. On the other side of the aisle, just 5 Democrats broke party ranks, receiving $22,523 from interests in line with their ‘no’ votes

Senate Says No to DISCLOSE Act

Sep. 23, 2010 - In a party line vote, no Republicans joined Democrats in passing a bill that would open up disclosure rules on organizations that fund congressional campaigns. A broad and powerful coalition of interest groups spoke out against the measure.