Spotlight on Congress

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

News Corp. Donates $1 Million to Republican Governor's Association

Aug. 18, 2010 - News Corp., the media conglomerate that owns Fox News and the New York Post, has donated one million dollars to the Republican Governor's Association, according to the Washington Post. Over the past ten years, News Corp. employees have donated $397,976 to elected officials. Of this total, $243,076 has gone to Democrats and $156,900 to Republicans.

House Returns from Recess to Send Teachers to Work

Aug. 10, 2010 - Teacher's unions, a group that will benefit from the legislation, contributed over $3 million in contributions to House members from June 3, 2008 to June 4, 2010. Teachers will see $10 billion in funds channeled to states, a return of over $3,000 for every $1 contributed. On average, House members voting in favor of passage received $11,920 from teacher's unions, while House members voting against passage on average only received $753 on average.

Google/Verizon Deal Marks a Line in Net Neutrality Sand

Aug. 9, 2010 - The Washington Post reported on Monday that Verizon and Google have negotiated an agreement regarding prioritizing the tranmission of certain content over the Internet. On Friday, rumors of an impending deal had scuttled net neutrality discussions the Federal Communications Commission had been conducting, according to Politico.

Once-Influential Lobbyist Indicted on Illegal Contributions Charges

Aug. 5, 2010 - Since the 2002 election cycle, PACs associated with PMA Group have given 1,199 contributions totaling $1,214,748 to elected members of Congress who have served in the 109th, 110th and 111th congresses. In that same time frame, members of the Magliocchetti family, including Paul, gave close to a half a million dollars to members of Congress elected since the 109th Congress.

Senate Moves for Final Vote on State, Teacher Funding Bill

Aug. 4, 2010 - Union groups in favor of passage gave on average 62 times more in contributions to lawmakers voting 'yes' ($26,984) as to lawmakers voting 'no' ($438).