Spotlight on Congress

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

Contributions by Vote for Financial Reform

July 15, 2010 - The Senate allowed for final consideration on the financial overhaul bill (HR 4173) early Thursday allowing for the measure to be sent to the president's desk. Lawmakers hoping to stop final consideration received 35 percent more from commercial bank interests than those looking for a final vote.

Contributions by State from GlaxoSmithKline

July 14, 2010 - The Senate Finance Committee released a report on its investigation into the health risks of the diabetes drug Avandia this week. Check out a heat map of contributions by state from drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to all members of Congress from 2000 to 2010.

Moratorium Battle Teeters on Oil Dollars

July 13, 2010 - While the Obama Administration tangles with the courts over a moratorium on offshore drilling, legislators have taken matters into their own hands. The legislators introducing permanent bans have taken relatively little money from the oil industry in recent years. Those calling for the moratorium to be lifted were among the industry’s top recipients.

Financial Reform Limps to the Finish Line

July 13, 2010 - Financial Regulation is set to overcome its last major obstacle before becoming law; a 60 vote, filibuster proof supermajority in the Senate. Check out Maplight.org to learn more about the money that drives each legislator’s vote.

No-Voters on Financial Reform Take Cue From Banks

July 1, 2010 - The House recently approved the Conference Report to HR 4173, a sweeping change to regulations over the financial services industry. In a mostly party line vote, the 192 no-voters received on average 41% more in contributions from big banks than the 237 members voting in favor of passage. Three Republicans joined Democrats in favor of passage while 19 Democrats sided with Republicans against passage.