Spotlight on Congress

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

What Does John Boehner Have to Lose by Debating Climate Change?

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July 18, 2013Twenty-two members of the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking him to hold a debate on the House floor about the science of climate change. "As the nation's leading scientists have told us, climate change is one of the most serious threats we and future generations will confront," they wrote in the letter. "We therefore ask you and your Republican colleagues to debate us on the House floor about the dangers of climate change and the appropriate policy response."

How much money have members of the House, and Speaker Boehner in particular, received from carbon-emitting interests?

Farm Bill Vote Switchers Have Nearly Twice as Much Money From Traditional Farm Bill Interests

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July 16, 2013—On Thursday, July 11, the House Republican leadership convinced just enough of its caucus to vote in favor of the revised farm bill, which does not include funding for food stamps, to pass it without any Democratic support.

How much money have Republicans who switched their vote received from interests that traditionally support the farm bill?

House Votes to Block Auditor Independence Rule

July 10, 2013Monday, the House voted 321-62 in favor of the Auditor Integrity and Job Protection Act, a bill to block regulators from enacting a rule deigned to improve the independence and objectivity of auditing firms that review the books of publicly traded companies.

How much money have members of the House received from interests supporting the bill?

From Big Business to Big Labor: Senate Immigration Bill Wins With Support from a Broad Range of Industries

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June 28, 2013By a vote of 68-32, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, increases the number of visas available for employers to hire foreign workers, and increases security at the U.S.-Mexico border.

How much money have senators received from interests advocating for or against immigration reform?

Why Congress Won't Take Action on Climate Change

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June 25, 2013Today, with Congress inactive on climate change legislation, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to address climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and bolstering production of renewable energy, among other methods.

How much money have carbon-emitting interests given to Congress?