Spotlight on Congress

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

Intelligence Companies Contribute Heavily to Lawmakers Extending War Funding

July 29, 2010 - Representatives voting for additional funding for the war received nearly twice as much from companies steeped in intelligence contracts as those voting against the measure.

TARP Produces a Return on Investment for Contributing Firms

July 28, 2010 - A report released today has determined that 17 companies that received TARP funds distributed "ill advised" bonuses totaling some $1.6 Billion. Combining reported contributions by company PACs and employees, recipients of the "ill advised" funds have seen $75 in bonus cash for every $1 of campaign contributions.

The Storm Before the CFPB Nomination

July 26, 2010 - Though Elizabeth Warren has not even been nominated to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created by the financial overhaul recently signed into law, the mere possibility has sparked action from legislators and organizations on both sides of the political spectrum.

Money and Votes on the Unemployment Benefits Bill



Unemployment Benefits Bill Heads to President

July 22, 2010 - Labor unions in support of the measure gave 12 times as much on average to House members voting 'yes' ($22,720) compared to members voting 'no' ($1,837).