Spotlight on Congress

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

Defense Contractors Are Top Contributors to Sen. Durbin's Re-Election Bid

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March 13, 2014—Durbin was named Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense at the beginning of the 113th Congress. A MapLight analysis shows that the nation's top defense contractors are some of the biggest contributors to his re-election bid.

What defense contractors are funding Durbin's re-election campaign?

Dark Money Groups Spent More on Toss-Up House Races in 2012


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March 12, 2014During the 2012 elections for the House of Representatives, "dark money" groups — organizations that spend money on elections but do not have to disclose the sources of their contributions — focused their spending on races that gave them the best opportunity to change the outcome in favor of their preferred candidate.

How much more money did dark money groups spend on "toss-up" House races?

John Cornyn's Top 10 Primary Donors


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March 5, 2014Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, defeated his Republican challengers yesterday in Texas in the first primary election of the 2014 midterm elections. Cornyn has financed his re-election campaign with contributions from some of the largest and highest profile American companies, from a range of industries including energy, finance, and defense.

Who were his top donors?

State of Dark Money: In Nevada, the Candidate With the Most Dark Money Won Senate Seat


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February 28, 2014In Nevada, one of the tightest Senate races of the 2012 congressional elections, the candidate with more 'dark money' on their side won.

How much dark money was spent in the election, and what groups were spending the money?

Toss-Up Senate Races Are Key Targets for Dark Money

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February 21, 2014During the 2012 elections, 'dark money' groups — organizations that spend money on elections but do not have to disclose the sources of their contributions — focused their spending on races that gave them the best chance to change the outcome in favor of their preferred candidate.

How much more money did dark money groups spend on "toss-up" Senate races?