Spotlight on Congress

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

Net Neutrality: How Did House Reps. Vote on the FCC's 2011 Net Neutrality Rule?

November 10, 2014In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a rule designed to enshrine net neutrality as the law of the land, prohibiting fixed-line internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against traffic to lawful content on the web. In April 2011, the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval against the FCC's net neutrality rule.

How did members of the House of Representatives vote on the 2011 resolution?

MapLight's Voter's Edge Launched Nationwide - Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide Separates Fact from Fiction

MapLight's Voter's Edge Launched Nationwide

  Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide Separates Fact from Fiction  

November 3, 2014 - MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics, announces the launch of a new comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide to the midterm elections called Voter's Edge.  

Financial Disclosures Showcase Kansas Senate Candidates' Investment in Energy Companies

October 29, 2014 -- MapLight's database of members' personal finances demonstrates how the candidates have used their own personal wealth to show support for the oil and gas industry.

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Voters



October 16, 2014 - MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund have teamed up to launch Voter's Edge, a comprehensive nonpartisan online voting guide to the California elections.

A personalized ballot look-up feature allows voters to mark selections and share ballot choices via social media.

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Defense Industry Gave More Cash to Lawmakers Voting to Arm the Syrian Rebels Fighting ISIS

September 18, 2014The House of Representatives on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, approved an amendment from Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize one plank of President Obama's strategy for combating the Islamic State. The amendment would let the Obama administration provide weapons, training, and other forms of assistance to soldiers in Syria who are fighting against militant groups in the region including the Islamic State and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

How much money have the representatives voting for the McKeon amendment received from the defense industry?