News: Spotlight on Congress

Expect More Health Industry Spin At Thursday’s Democratic Debate
Hospital, drug, and insurance companies battling plans that would cut into their profits by providing health care for all Americans are spending money like it's 2008 again -- and using the same playbook to frame the debate.
As U.S. Regulators Step Up Antitrust Scrutiny, Big Tech Has Increased Lobbying Bandwidth
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet have spent more than $330 million on attempts to influence federal lawmakers since 2008
DSCC Raked In Cash from Health Care and Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Before Endorsing Hickenlooper
Health-care and fossil fuel industry lobbyists raised almost $1.5 million for the DSCC during the first six months of the year.
Democrats Cite MapLight In Brief Calling On Supreme Court To Drop Gun Control Case
An amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to drop its review of New York City’s gun control rules points to a report from MapLight and the Center for Responsive Politics about the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a dark money organization which spent millions to ensure Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The Darkest Money In Washington: Business Groups Spend More On Advocacy And Consulting Than Lobbying
Influential corporate trade organizations and nonprofits spent $535 million on lobbying in 2017 and as much as another $675 million on unregulated efforts to influence public policy.
Huawei and its U.S. Suppliers Increase Spending on Lobbyists in Face of Trade Deadline
An executive order banning U.S. companies from dealing with Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies spurred the company and its U.S. suppliers to boost their lobbying expenditures by more than 20 percent during the first half of the year.
More Than Two-Thirds of Obamacare Cosponsors Now Backing Medicare for All Proposal
The five incumbent House Democrats who cosponsored Obamacare  but who have declined to endorse Medicare-for-All have received an average of $209,000 since 2011 from the 10 largest U.S. health-care companies and five major trade associations.
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.