Spotlight on Congress

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

Corn Belt Senators Push Back Against Eliminating Ethanol Subsidies

Dec. 17, 2010 -- The following chart details campaign contributions that pro-subsidy Senators such as Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have received from entities associated with key ethanol stakeholders.  The chart includes contributions from Archer Daniels Midland and Monsanto, the largest ethanol producer in the US and the world's largest seed provider.

Alaskan Democrat Mark Begich to Chair Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Dec. 14, 2010 -- Roll Call's Emily Pierce writes, first-term Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) will become the 5th highest ranking member of the Democratic Caucus when he takes the gavel as the chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Congress: 112th Committee Appointments Aligned w/ Industry Contributions

Democrats Voting Against Mine Safety Bill Took More Money From Mine Owners Than Mine Workers

Police and Firefighters Unions' Contributions Heavily Favored Lawmakers Voting to Grant Collective Bargaining Powers to Public Safety Officials

Dec. 9, 2010 - Based on a Dec. 8 vote in the Senate on a motion to proceed on S 3991, where a no vote would block consideration of final passage, lawmakers voting 'yes' received on average over $8,500 from groups and individuals associated with police and firefighter unions while, 'no' voters received just over $2,000 on average.