Spotlight on Congress

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

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

Senate Says No to DISCLOSE Act

Sep. 23, 2010 - In a party line vote, no Republicans joined Democrats in passing a bill that would open up disclosure rules on organizations that fund congressional campaigns. A broad and powerful coalition of interest groups spoke out against the measure.

DISCLOSE Act Makes Second Attempt at Passage

Sep. 22, 2010 - The DISCLOSE Act will be brought to the Senate floor for the second time on Thursday, Sept. 23, after failing in its first round to draw any Republican votes.

Boehner? Pelosi? In Congress, Lobbyist Cash Flows to the Powerful

Sep. 14, 2010 - Analyzing contributions from individuals and organizations tied to lobbying firms using’s Contributions tool, we found that the money flows to the position of speaker of the House regardless of who in particular is holding the gavel.