Spotlight on Congress

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

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.

Congress' Legislative Response the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

June 28, 2010 - As oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico following BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster, legislators in both parties have been quick to respond. Examining campaign contributions reveals that those receiving the most from big oil predictably are championing bills that go the lightest on the industry.

Sen. Daniel Inouye Sworn in as President Pro Tem

June 28, 2010 - With the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), Daniel Inouye of Hawaii was sworn in on Monday as the Senate President pro-tempore.

Rep. Patrick Murphy Introduces Transparency Rules for Out of District Political Spending

June 24, 2010 - An amendment to the DISCLOSE Act will allow local voters to know if political expenditures are being made by donors outside their district.

House Dems Exempt the NRA From DISCLOSE Act

June 15, 2010 - Threatening to derail the passage of a campaign finance transparency bill, the National Rifle Association has managed to lean on  House Democrats enough to force an exemption for the pro-gun group.The NRA has contributed over $200,000 to House Democrats over the last two years.