February 21,2014-MapLight has produced a series of reports and visualizations on how the growth of "dark money" has impacted the nature of spending in elections. Our first report, "Social Welfare" Groups Dominate Dark Money Spending on Congressional Elections, examined the dramatic increase in spending by 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations in congressional elections from January 1, 1999 - December 31, 2012.
January 16, 2014-The United States is currently engaged in secret negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multinational trade agreement with the goal of liberalizing trade among a dozen or so countries that border on the Pacific Ocean. A draft of the TPP chapter on intellectual property that was recently published by WikiLeaks shows that the U.S.
Read the details about our data sources and methodology. Data refers to direct contributions to the campaign committees of elected legislators. For example, contribution totals exclude contributions to party committees such as the RNC or the DNC and exclude contributions made to individuals that did not win their election.
For U.S. Congress, contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org) and legislative data provided by GovTrack.us.
California contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org).
Wisconsin contributions data provided by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (wisdc.org).