Spotlight on Congress

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

House Passes CLEAR Act

July 30, 2010 - Interest groups against passage gave four times as much on average in campaign contributions to lawmakers voting 'no' ($17,739) compared to lawmakers voting in favor of passage ($4,439).

Contributions Connected to the Wyly Family

July 29, 2010 - According to the Washington Post, "The SEC has charged Samuel Wyly and Charles Wyly -- billionaire brothers in Texas who have been major political donors to conservative campaigns -- with reaping more than $550 million through fraudulent practices." Do your own analysis of recent campaign finance history using MAPLight.org's new contribution search.

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.