Spotlight on Congress

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

Contributions to House Members Lobbying against Net Neutrality from Cable Interests

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) pictured in foreground/Flickr

May 16, 2014—Twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives have sent  letters to Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to express concerns over a proposal to reclassify the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. The proposal is opposed by the cable industry, but supported by net neutrality advocates.

How much money have the Representatives signing the letters received from cable interests?

Intel Contractor Contributions to Rogers and Ruppersberger, Reps Who Introduced Bill to Lower Data Collection Standards

United States House of Representatives/Wikimedia Commons

March 25, 2014On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, one day after President Obama's support for ending bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency was reported by the New York Times, House Represenatives Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced a bill that would lower the standards for the government to collect data on individuals.

How much money have Ruppersberger and Rogers received from top Intelligence Services Defense contractors?

Senators Criticizing Conflict of Interest Disclosure Surrounding OSHA Ruling Receive Timely Contributions from Rule's Opponents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently in the midst of hearing testimony on a proposed rule that would reduce the level of crystalline silica, a known carcinogen, considered to be permissible in the workplace. 16 senators wrote a letter to OSHA asking the agency to extend the period during which stakeholders can comment on the rule and criticizing its request that those commenting on the ruling disclose their financial backers.

How much have these senators received from relevant interests?

House Sides With Ski Resorts and Agribusiness in Private Water Rights Bill

Clemens V. Vogelsang/Flickr

March 20, 2014On March 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the federal government from retaining water rights as a condition for allowing private interests to use publicly-owned land.

What industries support this, and how much money have they given to members of the House that helped to pass it?

In Illinois, 9 House Candidates Have Raised a Million or More

Adam Kinzinger, R, IL-16 

March 14, 2014—On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, primary voters in Illinois will go to the polls to decide which candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate should be on the 2014 midterm ballot for another term in office. So far nine candidates trying for a total of 18 House seats have raised over $1 million.

Which candidates have raised the most?