News: Spotlight on Congress

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.
Almost Two Years After Pruitt Nomination, Tax Return Reveals Extent of Dark Money Support
More than four months after Scott Pruitt resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, the public is finally receiving details about the special interest money spent to confirm him as the agency’s administrator.
New MapLight Tool Highlights Campaign Money from Corporate Political Action Committees
MapLight's new online search tool offers a way for the public to quickly and easily find out which federal candidates have taken campaign money from corporate political action committees, or PACs.  
Top Republican on Tax Subcommittee Received Yacht Loan From Foreign Bank Lobbying on 2017 Tax Bill
As Republicans were finalizing tax cut legislation in late 2017, a foreign-owned bank seeking to shape the bill gave a seven-figure yacht loan to a top GOP lawmaker on the committee writing the measure.
Corporate Political Action Committees Back 30 Percent of Federal Candidates
Corporate political action committees have contributed to 30 percent of all federal candidates in the 2018 election cycle, according to a new MapLight analysis.
Four Things to Know About the Next Supreme Court Fight
The public may never know whose money helped secure Gorsuch’s confirmation -- or whose money will ensure a lifetime appointment to the next Trump nominee.