News: Spotlight on Congress

Koch Flagship Dark Money Organization Received $48.7 Million Gift During Election Year
A single donation accounted for more than three-quarters of the $63.7 million donated to the Koch brothers’ flagship political organization in 2016, according to tax records obtained by MapLight.
Facing Capitol Hill Interrogations, Facebook Will Find If Campaign Cash Bought Friends
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, will discover this week if millions in political campaign contributions prevents him from being unfriended on Capitol Hill as the company struggles to regain its reputation in the wake of a devastating privacy scandal.
The $64 Question: Lawmakers Supporting Assault Weapons Ban Get 130 Times Less Gun Money
House members who have not shown support for a ban on assault weapons received more than 130 times more campaign money from pro-gun interests during the last election cycle than members who support a ban.
FEC’s New Facebook Ruling Requires Ad Sharing Info Yet Gives Reformers Little to Like
A December Federal Election Commission ruling will require Facebook ads to let internet users know which organizations are behind election advertisements -- but won’t do much to let them know who actually paid for the ads.
Top Corker Aide Could Reap Windfall From Controversial Real Estate Provision In Tax Bill
The top aide to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has major investments in a real estate business that could benefit from a key provision slipped into the Republican tax bill that his boss will be voting on, according to federal documents reviewed by International Business Times and MapLight.
Foreign Lobbyists Contributed More Than $4.5 Million to Candidates in 2016 Elections
Data compiled by MapLight and the International Business Times illustrates that foreign government lobbyists are delivering millions of dollars of campaign cash to elected officials in Washington.
Moderate Democratic Senators Launch Joint Fundraising Effort
Moderate Republicans aren’t the only politicians running scared: A handful of Democratic senators are banding together to raise money for their 2018 reelection contests.
Report: Russia-Linked 2016 Election Ads Expose Need to Modernize Online Ad Disclosure  
Following revelations exposing online advertising surrounding the 2016 election linked to a Russian propaganda company, MapLight and the Voters’ Right to Know project propose recommendations to improve transparency.
Despite Trump Opposition, NFL Owners Have Given 75 Cents of Every $1 Contribution to GOP
About 75 cents of every $1 in federal campaign contributions from NFL owners during the last decade has gone to Republican candidates, according to a MapLight analysis.
Lawmakers Slam Equifax Even As Congress Mulls Legislation To Help Company
Equifax, which allowed financial records of more than 145 million Americans to be exposed to hackers, was blasted at congressional hearings this week -- even as lawmakers continue to consider anti-consumer legislation that would benefit the credit reporting giant.