News: Spotlight on Congress

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.
Banking Industry Gave Four Times More to GOP Sponsors of Bill to Curb Consumer Lawsuits
The 35 Republican House members who sponsored legislation that allows companies to bar customers from joining class-action lawsuits have received more than four times as much in contributions from the commercial banking industry as lawmakers who oppose the idea, according to a MapLight analysis of OpenSecrets data.
Oil, Gas, and Chemical Money Boosts House Members Pushing to Weaken Clean Air Act
Sponsors of a House measure that would significantly weaken the Clean Air Act received more than two and a half times more campaign money from chemical, oil, and gas interests than other House members, according to a MapLight analysis.
Genetic Testing Bill Opponents Outnumber Supporters 138-1 But Still Fret About Passage Odds
Move over, Trumpcare. By at least one standard, the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act” passed earlier this year by a House panel is giving the White House’s health-care overhaul a run for its money when it comes to unpopularity.