Spotlight on Congress

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

Senate DISCLOSE Act Conferees Received over $15M from Financial Interests Over The Last 6 Years

May 25, 2010 - The Senate has named its committee members appointed to negotiate in conference with the House on the Financial Reform bill.

Senate Republicans Vote With the Money; Wall Street Wins Over Car Dealers

May 24, 2010 - A look at the campaign contributions to Senate Republicans from both groups over the last few election cycles might explain why the auto dealer exemption didn't make it off the lot.

States' Rights to Cap Interest Rates Defeated by Senators Receiving Money from Banks and Credit Industry

May 20, 2010 - On Wednesday, May 19, the Senate defeated an amendment introduced by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would "restore to the states the right to protect consumers from usurious lenders." Senators opposing the amendment received 129% more money from banks and credit institutions, such as American Express, Moneytree International and Ace Cash Express, that would be negatively impacted by the measure.

Senate Blocked From Final Vote on S 3217: the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010

May 19, 2010 - The Senate was blocked Wednesday afternoon from moving to a final vote on financial regulatory reform. Senators voting to proceed received 28% less money from industries opposing the bill than those wanting the debate to continue.

Republicans Supporting Stricter Loan Origination Rules Receive Half as Much Money from Mortgage Brokers

May 13, 2010 - Five Senate Republicans crossed party lines to support a Wall Street Reform measure to reign in predatory loan practices; on average they received half as much money from the mortgage brokerage industry than the Republicans who opposed the measure.