Spotlight on Congress

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

Alaskan Democrat Mark Begich to Chair Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Dec. 14, 2010 -- Roll Call's Emily Pierce writes, first-term Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) will become the 5th highest ranking member of the Democratic Caucus when he takes the gavel as the chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Congress: 112th Committee Appointments Aligned w/ Industry Contributions

Democrats Voting Against Mine Safety Bill Took More Money From Mine Owners Than Mine Workers

Police and Firefighters Unions' Contributions Heavily Favored Lawmakers Voting to Grant Collective Bargaining Powers to Public Safety Officials

Dec. 9, 2010 - Based on a Dec. 8 vote in the Senate on a motion to proceed on S 3991, where a no vote would block consideration of final passage, lawmakers voting 'yes' received on average over $8,500 from groups and individuals associated with police and firefighter unions while, 'no' voters received just over $2,000 on average.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Selected as House Foreign Affairs Chairman

Dec. 9, 2010 --  According to the New York Times, the Republican leadership has chosen Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee.