News: Spotlight on Congress

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.
Democratic Holdouts On “Medicare For All” Have Received Twice As Much Insurance Industry Cash As Sponsors
Democratic senators who haven’t signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal have received twice as much cash from the insurance industry as the bill’s sponsors, MapLight has found.
House Panel Members Considering Net Neutrality Repeal Got 3 Times More Donations From ISPs
Four major internet service providers that support a Trump administration plan to eliminate net neutrality rules have outspent online giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Google by a 3-to-1 margin when it comes to contributing money to members of a key House panel.
House Votes to Saddle EPA with Costly, Industry-Friendly Regulations
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills in late March that critics say will hamstring the EPA’s regulatory capacity while significantly increasing its annual spending. Industries supporting the legislation, including petroleum, chemicals, and business groups, contributed at least six times more money to legislators who voted in favor of the bills than to those voting against them.