Spotlight on Congress

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

The Campaign Contributions Behind the World's Most Expensive Weapon Commons

July 17, 2014Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet, the most expensive weapons project ever, has received federal appropriations from Congress year after year despite a string of technical problems and repeated failures to deliver functioning planes on time and within budget.

How much money has Lockheed Martin given to Congress since being awarded the contract to build the F-35?

As House Passes NSA Restrictions, Lawmakers Backed by Defense Industry Log Votes Against Reform

June 21, 2014—On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would cut off funding to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for installing surveillance "back doors" into software and physical devices.

How much defense contractor money have the Representatives opposing the amendment received?

MapLight Launches Interactive Maps To Track Campaign Contributions and Votes by Geographical Location

Farm Bill House Vote, January 29, 2014

June 19, 2014—MapLight launches an extensive mapping project examining the geographic origin of contributions to legislators by state; contributions from companies to legislators by state; and roll call votes by state and district on key bills in Congress. For the first time, it will be possible to instantly see and understand the role money from outside sources plays in local races and the geographic alignment of support and opposition to key legislative initiatives.

How did your legislator across the country vote on the House Farm Bill?


Top Contributors to Majority Leader Candidates

United States Congress/Wikimedia Commons

June 12, 2014With Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on his way out of Congress, the race is on to replace him as Majority Leader, the second highest-ranking leadership position in the House of Representatives. House Republicans are planning to meet next week to select the next Majority Leader.

Who's funding Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)?

Easily Search California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Data with MapLight's CA Power Search Tool

June 12, 2014MapLight has launched a power search tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's bulk download data to find campaign contributions to candidate and ballot committees dating back to 2001.

Who's funding your politician's election campaign?