News: Spotlight on Congress

Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier for GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas
A secretive nonprofit closely linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun playing a pivotal role in supporting Republican policies and candidates since the November 2016 election, a MapLight analysis has found.
Senators Drafting Secret Health Care Bill Backed by Insurance and Pharma Campaign Money
The small group of senators secretly crafting a bill to eliminate the Affordable Care Act collected an average of $214,000 in campaign contributions from health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff
An influx of outside spending has turned the race to replace former Rep. Tom Price -- now head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- into the most expensive House contest in U.S. history, with a price tag that's topped $55 million and is still rising.
Sponsors of Bill to Weaken Financial, Consumer Protections Boosted by Campaign Money from Big Banks
Sponsors of a bill to roll back the landmark Wall Street reform law passed after the financial crisis received almost three times more money during the 2016 election cycle from commercial banks and holding companies than representatives who are not sponsors of the legislation.
Chemical Industry Backs Supporters of Pesticide Permit Changes with Campaign Money
The House of Representatives voted to eliminate a permit requirement for pesticides last week, as sponsors of the measure received 12 times more in campaign contributions from the agricultural chemical industry than the bill’s opponents.
Beneficiaries of $14.4 Billion Over Last Decade, Tax Lobbyists Ready for Trump Bonanza
The nation’s tax lobbying industry, already the second-largest source of arm-twisting activity on Capitol Hill, could see its biggest payday in more than three decades if President Donald Trump’s plan to slash corporate taxes is taken seriously by lawmakers.
Banks Gave Big to Lawmakers Voting to Weaken Financial, Consumer Protections
A House committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act today, approving a bill that would gut significant parts of the landmark Wall Street reform law passed in the wake of the financial crisis. The measure now heads to the full House of Representatives for a vote.
Corporate Lobbyists Funnel Cash To House Democrats Amid Push To Pass Trump’s Business Initiatives
Corporate lobbyists are taking on a larger role in the Democratic Party’s fundraising efforts as it seeks to regain control of Congress.
With Billions in Profit From Browser Histories At Stake, Industry Spent Millions on Influence
The 25 Republican senators who sponsored legislation that allows internet providers to sell their customers’ browsing histories have received an average of $107,000 in contributions from telephone and cable industries since 2010, according to a MapLight analysis of OpenSecrets data. The sponsors of the companion measure in the House have received an average of $144,404 from the companies since 2010. Lawmakers who voted against the bill have received considerably less since 2010.
United Airlines Spent Millions Fighting Proposals To Protect Passenger Rights
United Airlines, the Chicago-based giant at the center of a public relations storm for its forcible removal of a passenger from a weekend flight, has spent more than $41 million during the past decade to lobby the federal government, often battling consumer-friendly causes.