Spotlight on Congress

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

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.

House Agrees to Financial Regulation Changes

June 30, 2010 - The House of Representatives agreed to the Conference Report for HR 4173 on Wednesday. The vote (237-192) was basically split along party lines with 22 members switching sides: three Republicans joining Democrats in passing the measure and 19 Democrats voting against it. The Senate will not address the bill until after the July 4th recess.

Bank Money Puts the Brakes on Financial Reform

June 29, 2010 - Sen. Scott Brown has withdrawn support for the conference report on financial regulations reform (HR 4173) putting its chance of success in jeopardy. The Washington Post reports the objection centers around " a plan to charge large banks and hedge funds nearly $20 billion to pay for the legislative overhaul."

Wall Street Split on Conference Report

June 29, 2010 - Although the financial sector supports some of the more modest reforms, the conference report on HR 4173 continues to garner widespread opposition from Wall Street.

Elena Kagan vs. Gun Money

June 28, 2010 - The nomination of Elena Kagan to serve on the United States Supreme Court has drawn scrutiny from the powerful pro-gun lobby.