Spotlight on Congress

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

Regardless of Party, Big Fundraisers are Big Winners in Senate Races

FDA Plays Hackensack With Knee Implants

Oct. 15, 2010 - According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the FDA is admitting to making an error in approving a surgical knee implant called the Menaflex Collagen Scaffold. made by Hackensack, N.J.-based ReGen Biologics Inc. A contributions search at reveals that employees of the company have donated $49,950 to the campaign committees of multiple members of Congress since the 2002 election cycle.

Not All Democrats Bothered by Chamber of Commerce Funding

Oct. 7, 2010 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given more than $227,000 to the campaign committees of Democrats elected to Congress since the beginning of the 2002 election cycle, their Republican counterparts have received more than $580,000 during the same period.

US Justice Department Sues the Credit Card Companies

Oct. 4, 2010 - Visa gave contributions totaling more than $400,000. Mastercard made contributions nearing $600,000. American Express was by far the most generous, making contributions that amount to more than $2,000,000.

Dissenters on 'Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act' Follow the Money


Sep. 30, 2010 - Republicans who voted 'no' received an average of $33,456 from interest groups opposed to the bill, much more than the average of $1,864 received from the bill's supporters. On the other side of the aisle, just 5 Democrats broke party ranks, receiving $22,523 from interests in line with their ‘no’ votes