News: Spotlight on Congress

Hoping for More AOCs, Progressives Target Moderate Democrats with Primary Challengers
Fifteen moderate House Democrats targeted for a 2020 primary by a progressive organization are likely to have a significant financial advantage, having already raised almost $4.8 million this year.
Obama Alums Tell Health Insurance Lobby “Medicare For All” Won’t Happen
President Barack Obama’s former top strategist told insurance lobby executives that “Medicare for All” likely won’t pass even if Democrats control both branches of Congress.
Under Fire By U.S. Regulators, Chinese Telecom Giant Lobbying Jumped Sixfold in 2018
A Chinese telecommunications giant banned from purchasing key electronic components from the United States increased its Capitol Hill lobbying sixfold last year, according to federal records examined by MapLight.
Federal Action and Inaction on Digital Deception
MapLight examines some of the most relevant pieces of legislation for countering online disinformation and deceptive political advertising making their way through Congress -- including a break down what the bills would do and what prospects they have of passing.
House Democrats’ Campaign Arm on Pace To Double Donations From Corporate Lobbyists
Corporate lobbyists collected almost $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) during the first quarter of 2019, according to an analysis by MapLight and Sludge.
Interior Nominee And His Lobbying Firm Have Donated Almost $1 Million To Senators
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Interior Secretary and his former lobbying firm have donated almost $1 million to senators who will vote on his confirmation since 2013.
Opponents of Health Care Reform Boosted By Industry Campaign Money
Senators who have refused to cosponsor bills that would reshape the nation’s ailing health care system have received an average of $14,000 to $24,000 more in campaign contributions from the nation’s biggest health-care companies than lawmakers who have signed on as sponsors of one of three major reform bills.
Democratic Senator Who Opposed Medicare for All Will Lobby For Health-Care Interests
Months after advising the Democratic Party to abandon the idea of “Medicare for All,” a former U.S. senator has been hired by a lobbying firm whose clients are leading the fight against changes to the nation’s health care system.
Goldman Lobbyist Turned Schumer General Counsel Is Hiding Most Former Clients’ Names
A former Goldman Sachs lobbyist who now works as the top lawyer for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declined to name 19 of his 20 former clients in his financial disclosure last year.
Democracy Reform Opponents Received Lion’s Share of 2018 Midterm Corporate PAC Dollars
The 206 House members who haven’t agreed to support a major democracy reform package typically received about $150,000 more from corporate political action committees during the midterm elections than sponsors of the measure.