Spotlight on Congress

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

House Passes Bill to Loosen Private Equity Regulations

Speaker of the House John Boehner
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December 6, 2013—On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the House of Representatives passed a bill to weaken another section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, titled the "Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act," would exempt most private equity firms from a requirement in Dodd-Frank that fund managers register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and disclose information that would help the government monitor systemic risk.

How much money have private equity firms and other supporting interests given to members of the House?

Democrats Voting for Derivatives Bill Receive More Money From Citigroup and Other Financial Institutions

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November 22, 2013—Democratic representatives were split when the House of Representatives voted on October 30, 2013 to pass H.R. 992, a bill seeking to reverse new financial derivatives regulations that were approved by Congress in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the New York Times, lobbyists from Citigroup played a major role in drafting the bill.

How did money from Citigroup and other interests correlate with how House Democrats voted?

Senate NSA Data Collection Bills -Top Intelligence Contractors Contribute Three Times More to Feinstein Than Leahy


Senator Dianne Feinstein

November 8, 2013Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are in a showdown over legislation related to the National Security Agency's bulk data collection programs.

How do Feinstein and Leahy compare on money from Department of Defense intelligence contractors?

House to Vote on Derivatives Bill That Was Written by Citigroup Lobbyists

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October 29, 2013On October 30, the House of Representatives will be voting on a bipartisan bill to repeal financial bailout protections that Congress passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill would severely limit the reach of Sec. 716 in Dodd-Frank, which requires banks that are eligible for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or Federal Reserve lending discounts to spin off their derivatives activities into separate corporate entities that would not be eligible for federal assistance.

How much money have members of the House received from banks and other supporting interests?

Is Repealing the Medical Device Tax the Silver Bullet to End the Shutdown?

October 3, 2013On Thursday morning a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House announced an agreement on a compromise to end the government shutdown that would link a "clean" government funding bill to a repeal of the surtax on medical devices.

How much money have medical device manufacturers and organizations opposing the medical device tax given to members of Congress?