Spotlight on Congress

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

Is Repealing the Medical Device Tax the Silver Bullet to End the Shutdown?

October 3, 2013On Thursday morning a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House announced an agreement on a compromise to end the government shutdown that would link a "clean" government funding bill to a repeal of the surtax on medical devices.

How much money have medical device manufacturers and organizations opposing the medical device tax given to members of Congress?

As Tax Reform Enters the Debt Ceiling Debate, A Look at Top Contributors to Key Lawmakers

Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont.
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September 25, 2013Republican leadership in the House of Representatives have bolstered the prospects of a major tax code overhaul proposal from Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Representative Dave Camp, R-Mich., by suggesting that it be linked to legislation to lift the nation's debt limit. Over the years, the campaigns of Baucus and Camp have received millions of dollars from a wide range of industriesmany of which would have major tax breaks at stake in the overhaul.

Which industries have given the most money to the lawmakers leading the tax code overhaul?

Cory Booker Heads to the Senate With Help from Out-of-State Money

Senator-elect Cory Booker

October 18, 2013—Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign received contributions from some of the largest and most well known corporations in America, including Facebook, Disney, and Goldman Sachs.

How much has Cory Booker raised from out-of-state?

Big Ag Interests Flood Washington GMO Initiative With Opposition Money — Echoes California Prop. 37

October 17, 2013Opposition contributions to a Washington State ballot initiative to require labels on products containing genetically modified organisms have grown exponentially over the past couple of months, in a pattern reminiscent of the spending on California's Prop. 37.

How do contributions for and against Washington's I-522 echo the money race for California's Prop. 37?

Senators Voting Yes on Syria Resolution Received 83% More Money From Defense Industry


September 5, 2013The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 yesterday to approve a resolution authorizing the President to use military force in Syria. The resolution would allow the President to use the Armed Forces of the United States in Syria "as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in a limited and specified manner."

How much money have members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee received from defense contractors and other defense interests?