Spotlight on Congress

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

Broadband Providers Fund Net Neutrality Foes

Dec 1, 2010 - According to an article in Broadcast & Cable on Wednesday, GOP Reps. Joe Barton and Fred Upton took different approaches to the FCC's recent announcement on net neutrality rules. Regardless of which tactic proves to be more successful, broadband providers that stand to benefit from an unregulated Internet seem poised to enjoy the outcome.

Sen. Patty Murray to Take On Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Post

Nov. 30, 2010 - According to the Politico's Manu Raju, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is expected to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2012 election cycle.

Large Food Producers Unite to Oppose Food Safety Bill Changes

Nov. 23, 2010 -  An amendment proposed by Montana Sen. Jon Tester was designed to lift the burden on the smaller producers, which was then rejected by many of the larger producers. The Tester amendment has since been modified in order to overcome a Senate filibuster, and the compromise agreement will be included in the manager's amendment agreed to by Democrats and Republicans.

Steve Israel Chosen to Head Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

New York Congressman Steve Israel has been tapped to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an article in Politico.

Big Energy Recipients Battle for House Energy Committee Chair

An article recently published at Mother Jones online highlights a skirmish within the Republican Party to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. The article, titled "GOP Energy Committee Fight Gets Ugly" explains that Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) is attempting to become chair of the committee even though he is term limited according to Republican Party rules. Amongst all individuals elected to Congress since the 109th Congress, Barton is the fourth highest recipient of contributions from the Energy and Natural Resources interest group dating back to the 2001 election cycle.